December 19, 2019

7 Southern California medical centers named top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California join exclusive group of U.S. medical centers based on performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety.

Highlighting their nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, 7 Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals have been named as top hospitals in the United States in the teaching category by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital Awards are widely acknowledged as among the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

In California, only 16 hospitals made the list, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California's 7 recognized hospitals made up 44% of the state's top hospitals.

The following 7 Kaiser Permanente Southern California teaching hospitals made the list:

“Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s outstanding performance is a testament to our integrated model, which ensures the highest quality of health care and service to our 4.6 million members,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, regional president for Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. “It’s also the result of the expert medical care delivered with compassion by our physicians, nurses, and staff each and every day.”

The annual Leapfrog Top Hospitals list is an exclusive group of U.S. medical centers. While nearly 2,100 hospitals nationally completed the Leapfrog survey and were considered for the recognition, only 120 (about 6%) were named top hospitals.

To qualify for the Leapfrog Top Hospitals award, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is also considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Leapfrog Top Hospitals Methodology.