South San Francisco, CA October 31, 2017 Submitted by Joe Fragola, Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco has received an “A” grade – the highest rating possible — for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.
“The Leapfrog safety scores point to the high-quality health care we provide to our community,” said John Skerry, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. “It is an honor to be recognized with an A grade. This is a tribute to the skill, dedication, and care by our physicians, nurses, and staff on behalf of our members and patients.”
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 letter grades for their safety records.
Less than one-third of more than 2,600 hospitals surveyed in the U.S. received an “A” rating in the biannual report which began in 2012.
In all, nine Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California received A grades from Leapfrog for Fall 2017: Fresno, Modesto, Redwood City, Roseville, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco and Vallejo.
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.