October 31, 2017

When it comes to patient safety, our hospitals make the grade

Ten Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have again received “A” grades for their dedication to patient safety.

PASADENA, Calif. Ten Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have again received “A” grades for their dedication to patient safety. The ratings were bestowed by The Leapfrog Group in its fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

“We have worked hard to earn the recognition reflected in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals for Southern California. “Knowing that they are receiving care at hospitals that are among the nation’s safest gives our members added confidence in Kaiser Permanente’s patient-centered, physician-led system.”

“Our physicians and staff deploy advanced technology — with the highest safety standards — while delivering exceptional care with warmth and compassion,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Receiving high marks from the Leapfrog Group is a testament to Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to quality health care and patient safety.”

In California, of the 265 hospitals on Leapfrog’s list, just 74 received “A” grades. The 10 Kaiser Permanente hospitals that received Leapfrog’s “A” rating are located in: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Panorama City, West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills. No Kaiser Permanente hospital in Southern California received lower than a “B” grade.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 national performance measures to produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

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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 not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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.