Nearly half of all hospitals in New Jersey scored top marks in health care performance this fall in the newest national report.

South Jersey hospitals received A and B grades in the fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grade report, which uses survey and public information to rank and grade hospitals in every state. The LeapFrog Group, a nonprofit patient-advocacy organization, released its bi-annual report Tuesday.

Shore Medical Center, in Somers Point, received its seventh consecutive A grade for meeting high safety standards and patient safety protocols.

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“This A rating is the result of the entire organization being laser-focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients,” said Ron Johnson, Shore president and CEO.

Patient safety experts use 27 measures of hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D or F grades to 2,632 hospitals across the country and update those grades twice a year.

“We are extremely proud of our talented and dedicated team which continues to perform at the elite level,” Johnson said in a statement.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s two hospitals, Mainland Campus in Galloway Township and City Campus in Atlantic City, both improved their grades from Cs in the spring to Bs in the fall.

Both Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Inspira Medical Center Vineland achieved A grades for the second time this year. Cape Regional Medical Center also maintained a B grade from the spring.

Overall, New Jersey ranked 11th among all states, with 30 out of 68 hospitals getting A grades.

Leah Binder, LeapFrog president and CEO, said in a statement that transparency of hospital practices and outcomes benefits patients and spurs changes within communities.

“Not only does it require dedication from national organizations, such as Leapfrog, to make this information public, but also from local coalitions, regional leaders, employers, business leaders and other community organizations to work with these hospitals and their communities to improve the quality and safety of health care,” she said.

To see complete hospital grades and details, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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