Kaiser Permanente Southern California Hospitals Get an ‘A’ for Safety

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thirteen Kaiser
Permanente Southern California
hospitals have again received an “A”
grade from The
Leapfrog Group
in the fall 2015 Hospital
Safety Score
for their dedication to patient safety.

“This continued recognition shows the success of our integrated,
coordinated health care model at putting the patient at the center of
all we do,” said Benjamin
Chu
, MD, MPH, MACP, president for Kaiser Permanente Southern
California. “Knowing that they are receiving the right care at a
hospital that is among the safest in the county provides our patients
with the peace of mind needed to recuperate and stay on the path to
achieving total health – mind, body and spirit.”

The 13 Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals with the “A”
rating are: Anaheim,
Baldwin
Park
DowneyFontanaIrvineLos
Angeles
OntarioPanorama
City
RiversideSan
Diego
South
Bay
West
Los Angeles
 and Woodland
Hills
. Moreno Valley Medical Center was not included in this fall’s
survey because of insufficient data to report.

“High-quality medical care and patient safety is our focus and
commitment at Kaiser Permanente. We’re proud that year after year our
medical centers in Southern California consistently meet the highest
standards for hospital safety and quality measures,” said Edward
M. Ellison
, MD, executive medical director, Southern California
Permanente Medical Group. “Our caring, highly trained physicians and
staff are steadfast in their dedication to delivering the best care to
our patients. Our emphasis on infection control and adherence to the
safest surgical standards make Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern
California among the safest in the nation.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the
Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a
hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October
2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score
is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and
methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also
review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current
grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine
which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and
which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see how Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals scored
locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for
patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety
Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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 4
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
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Contacts

Kaiser Permanente
Ashley Haglund, 626-405-5788
ashley.haglund@kp.org