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Biannual Safety Report Gives Kaiser An “A” Grade

The Leapfrog Group recognized Kaiser Permanente Modesto and Manteca hospitals with a top score of “A” in its biannual Hospital Safety Grades report, which examined and assigned letter grades to nearly 3,000 hospitals throughout the United States.

Hospitals received grades based on approximately two dozen measures that analyze patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals continue to be consistently recognized as among the country’s best for outstanding patient safety, positive outcomes, and patient experience.

This fall, 17 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California received “A” scores including: Antioch, Fremont, Fresno, Manteca, Modesto, Oakland, Redwood City, Richmond, Roseville, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, Vacaville, and Vallejo. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento, San Leandro and Walnut Creek received “B” scores.

“Providing safe, person-centered care and ensuring our patients, visitors and staff find safety and comfort in our facilities is a top priority,” said Aphriekah Duhaney-West, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente, Central Valley. “Patient safety and world-class care are at the forefront of all that we do, and we are proud to see that commitment recognized.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Hospital Safety Grades after examining publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at U.S. hospitals. The report includes data collected by national health care organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scores are calculated based on more than two dozen publicly available measures, and hospitals are then assigned A, B, C, D or F grades for their safety records. The grades are released as a free resource to help patients and their families make informed health care decisions.

“Our physicians work tirelessly each day to deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to providing the best patient care,” said Sanjay Marwaha, MD, physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente, Central Valley. “We take great pride in providing the best service to meet the diverse needs of our patients, and that dedication is reflected by this recognition.”

Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and serves more than 12.6 million members. Nationally, 24 of 39 Kaiser Permanente hospitals, more than 60 percent, received a Leapfrog Safety “A” grade. Nationwide, approximately 30 percent of hospitals received an A rating and 28 percent of California hospitals received an A rating.

For more information and a complete list of the hospital safety grades, visit Leapfrog.