South San Francisco, CA December 16, 2020 Submitted by Matt Skryja, Kaiser Permanente
The Leapfrog Group’s biannual safety report shows Kaiser Permanente hospitals received top scores for limiting patient injuries, reducing medical errors, and preventing infections
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2020 – The Leapfrog Group recognized 16 Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals with a top score of “A” in its annual safety report, including Kaiser Permanente San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. The safety report examined and graded more than 2,600 hospitals throughout the United States.
“We are pleased to once again be recognized for the exceptional care provided by our physicians, nurses and staff,” said Maria Ansari, MD, physician in chief, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. “Our hospitals are among the very best in the nation because of our care teams’ dedication to the health and well-being of our members.”
Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California with “A” scores include: Fremont, Fresno, Manteca, Modesto, Oakland, Redwood City, Richmond, Roseville, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, Vacaville, and Vallejo.
“This is further confirmation that at Kaiser Permanente we put our patients and their care first,” said John Skerry, MD, physician in chief, Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. “Receiving high marks from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to our commitment to providing high quality, safe care to all of our patients, particularly in these challenging times.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the collective national health care system. Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals continue to be consistently recognized as among the country’s best for outstanding patient safety, outcomes and patient experience.
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, which were then assigned A, B, C, D or F grades for their safety records.
Nationally, 29 of 39 Kaiser Permanente hospitals, or nearly three-fourths of Kaiser Permanente hospitals, received an “A” grade. Nationwide, approximately one-third of hospitals received an A rating.
Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and serves more than 12.4 million members.
The Hospital Safety Grades report utilize hospital performance 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. Grades are calculated based on more than 2 dozen publicly available measures related to patient care, medication errors, and infection prevention and released as a free resource to help patients and their families make informed health care decisions.
For more information and a complete list of the hospital safety grades, visit Leapfrog.
About Kaiser Permanente
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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, and the support of community health.