Report: NJ hospitals make the grade

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - September 18, 2008 That's according to the latest review conducted by the state health department.

Every year, officials rate how acute care hospitals treat patients diagnosed with heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure, and those needing surgery. They focus on those ailments because they account for a large number of hospitalizations and deaths.

The report issued yesterday shows New Jersey hospitals match or exceed national standards in 20 of 23 measures.

All 73 hospitals passed, though some performed better than others.

Most overall scores were in the 90s.

And officials say the hospitals have made "major improvements" over the years.

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