CEO Column

Inspira Woodbury Earns National 'Top General Hospital' Honor
By John DiAngelo, Inspira Health Network President and CEO

It’s always a rewarding moment when you can go out on top. At Inspira Health Network, we’re proud to be wrapping up the year with a national award that reflects our commitment to high quality and safe care for our patients. As 2019 approaches, instead of hitting the reset button, we’re going to continue moving forward with providing exceptional care in South Jersey. 

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Inspira Medical Center Woodbury is one of just 35 hospitals to be named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Woodbury was one of just four hospitals in New Jersey to receive the honor. It is an elite award that takes dedication across multiple hospital disciplines. It’s one I’m extremely proud of the Woodbury team for achieving. 

Importantly, this isn’t an award based on reputation; you have to earn it. Leapfrog takes into consideration performance across many areas of hospital care in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are ones Inspira takes very seriously. 

This honor is a testament to the extraordinary dedication the entire staff puts into providing a superior healthcare experience for our patients and the local community every single day. 

It’s often the most passionate and hardworking healthcare providers who are also the humblest. They bring their hearts to work with them every day to do this work, this calling. I know they’re proud of this incredible feat achieved by less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals nationwide. 

In addition to the Top General Hospital designation, our medical centers continue to rank favorably on the Leapfrog Hospital Grade reports.  The Inspira way of never taking our eyes off patient safety is achieving results. We’ll be looking to improve our ratings even more on the next Leapfrog report in April.

This year’s results build on our successes with Leapfrog in previous years. Last year, Inspira Vineland was rated by Leapfrog as a Top Teaching Hospital, meaning we ranked in the top 3 percent nationally. We’ve always looked at what we do as a two-way learning opportunity between our residents and our skilled physicians, enabling us to bring a unique approach to patient care. 

I applaud everyone at Inspira for their dedication to the safety and quality of care for the patients under their care in South Jersey. With advances coming soon like physician specialties, I’m certain we’ll continue to advance the ways in which we can serve the community we’re already so invested in.