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All 14 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Hospitals Get an ‘A’ for Safety

April 28, 2015



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PASADENA, Calif. — For the second straight year, all 14 Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals have again received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score for their dedication to patient safety.

“This continued recognition for all Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals shows that our medical centers are meeting the highest standards for hospital safety and quality measures,” said Benjamin Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Georgia. “Our integrated, coordinated health care model puts the patient at the center of all we do.”

The 14 Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals with the “A” rating are: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills. Eleven of these hospitals are also recognized as ‘Straight A’ hospitals for having received an A grade since the Hospital Safety Score first launched in June 2012.

“High-quality medical care and patient safety is our focus and commitment at Kaiser Permanente. This latest recognition is the result of placing systems and technology in the hands of people who care,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Our emphasis on infection control, adherence to the safest surgical standards and the personal attention our highly trained physicians and staff show to each of our members makes Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California among the safest in the nation.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent industry watchdog that releases biannual safety score results regarding how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is based on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade.

“The Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals’ A grades validate their achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Kaiser Permanente and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. It is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

To see how Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals scored locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.8 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information follow us on twitter; @KPSCALNews or go to: kp.org/share.