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U.S. News and World Report Names Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Among Nation’s High Performing Hospitals

May 27, 2015



LOS ANGELES — Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is one of just 34 hospitals in the nation that has been rated “high performing” in in all five areas in 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.

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.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized once again for our outstanding performance in providing world-class quality care,” said William Grice, executive director, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “These ratings represent the dedication and hard work of our staff and physicians, who are committed to improving the lives of our patients through patient-centered care, education, innovation and excellent care experience.”

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.

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.

The ratings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website.

About Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
The Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) is Kaiser Permanente’s tertiary center of excellence in Southern California. LAMC offers a wide range of specialty care services, featuring 40 Centers of Excellence, including complex neurosurgery, pediatrics, comprehensive cancer care, and one of the largest cardiac surgery programs in the western United States. LAMC is also an academic medical institution where highly trained doctors mentor and teach new generations of resident physicians and caregivers. LAMC currently hosts approximately 300 active medical research projects across a range of disciplines. More than 750,000 patients visit LAMC a year. For more information, visit www.kp.org/losangeles.

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.