Two Kaiser Permanente Northwest Hospitals on the A-List for Patient Safety

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Portland, Ore. — New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide consumers insight to patient safety in the U.S., were announced Monday by The Leapfrog Group, an independent patient safety watchdog group. Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside and Westside Medical Centers were 2 of 844 hospitals to receive an “A,” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. This was the first grade assigned to Westside Medical Center since its opening in August of 2013.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free and accessible to the public.

“Our staff at Sunnyside make safety their number one priority,” says Justin Evander, chief operating officer and administrator, Sunnyside Medical Center. “That we have again achieved an A grade from this highly respected industry group reflects our efforts to put the patient at the center of everything we do.”

“I am incredibly proud of the safety record achieved by our talented and dedicated team at Westside,” stated Brantley Dettmer, chief operating office and administrator, Westside Medical Center. “Since opening our doors, we have worked hard to achieve high marks in quality and safety.”

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the scores are free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families during a hospital stay. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To learn more about how Sunnyside and Westside Medical Centers’ score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score at

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Kaiser Permanente
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 nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 540,000 medical and 250,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental 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, go to: