April 30, 2020

Leapfrog releases safety grades

A grades issued to 11 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California.

Eleven Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have received A grades for excellence in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. The ratings are part of the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report.

This report is a biannual scorecard of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. Nationwide, less than one-third of hospitals received an A rating.

“The health and safety of our patients and members is, and always will be, our top priority,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, regional president for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Hospitals of Southern California. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the collective national health care system. It is even more significant, then, that Kaiser Permanente continues to be consistently recognized as among the country’s best for outstanding patient safety, outcomes, and patient experience. We congratulate our physicians, clinicians, nurses, and staff, whose commitment on the front lines drives world-class outcomes for our 4.6 million members in Southern California.”

Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, echoed these sentiments. “Our physicians have a strong and unrelenting commitment to patient safety and medical excellence,” he said. “We are proud to continue demonstrating the commitment and dedication of our physicians to delivering safe, high-quality care designed around our patients’ health care needs.” 

The 11 Kaiser Permanente hospitals that received Leapfrog’s A rating for hospital safety in Southern California are the following: Anaheim, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Moreno Valley, OntarioPanorama CityRiverside, San Diego, San Diego Zion, and South Bay.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.