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U.S. News and World Report Names 10 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Hospitals High Performing

May 20, 2015



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PASADENA, Calif. – Ten Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have been rated high performing by the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“The high performing ratings from U.S. News and World Report for common care procedures that many of our hospitals received speaks to Kaiser Permanente’s continued commitment to achieving the best health outcomes for our members,” said Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Our members have access to expertly trained physicians, nurses and staff who provide high-quality, coordinated care throughout a member’s care experience.”

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – and rated them as high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals evaluated were rated as high performers.

The Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center has been rated high performing in all five cohorts and procedures. Other Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California that received high performing ratings in one or more procedures include medical centers in Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Orange County, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills.

“Our compassionate and caring physicians, nurses, and staff combined with our evidence-based, effective treatment programs ensure that our patients receive high-quality care,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “We surround our hospital patients with personal care teams to ensure that all procedures are safely and effectively performed so that patients recover as quickly as possible. This focused approach to patient-centered care is highly effective and one reason Kaiser Permanente continues to receive recognition as one of the best and safest places to receive care in California.”

U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.

The ratings are freely available at usnews.com/besthospitals.

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 four 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: www.kp.org/share.