Hospital records examined by The Leapfrog Group show that Kaiser Permanente hospitals rank high in limiting patient injuries, reducing medical errors and preventing infections
Kaiser Permanente hospitals in South San Francisco and Redwood City received the top score of “A” by the Leapfrog Group in its annual safety report, which examined and graded more than 2,500 hospitals throughout the United States.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at U.S. hospitals, which were then assigned A, B, C, D, or F grades for their safety records.
“These safety scores highlight the high-quality health care that Kaiser Permanente provides to our members and the community,” said Sheila Gilson, Interim Senior VP and Area Manager, San Mateo Area. “We are honored to receive this recognition which reflects the skill, caring and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff on behalf of our patients.”
The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. It is an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The Hospital Safety Score, considered the gold standard for rating patient safety in the U.S., is an analysis based on 28 variables, including rates of infections, medication mix-ups and health care-acquired injuries. It uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association, and its own Leapfrog survey.
To see all hospital scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.