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

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PASADENA, Calif. — Nine Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals have again received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group in the spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score for their dedication to patient safety.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to patient safety. The ratings by the Leapfrog Group demonstrate that commitment and the trust we have earned from our patients and members, affirming that they are receiving the right care from a team of compassionate physicians, nurses and care providers,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Our emphasis on infection control and adherence to the safest surgical standards makes Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California among the safest in the nation.”

The nine Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals with the “A” rating are: Anaheim, Downey, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills. Four Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California received a “B” grade including those in Baldwin Park, Fontana, Ontario and Panorama City. Moreno Valley Medical Center was not included in this spring’s survey because of limited population data sets evaluated for the Hospital Safety Score.

“Our integrated care model’s approach to continuous improvement, evidenced-based care and compassionate service from our care providers supports a culture where patient safety is paramount,” said Jerry McCall, interim president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “This dedication to patient-centered care demonstrates how our medical centers continue to meet the highest standards for national quality measures.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 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 2016, with 798 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis on the website of the data and methodology used in determining grades. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

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 Kaiser Permanente Southern California
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