Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco  Hospital Receives Top Marks For Patient Safety

South San Francisco, CA  December 8, 2022 Submitted by Karl Sonkin, Kaiser Permanente

The Leapfrog Group recognized Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco hospital 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.

“We continue to provide our members with safe, patient-centered care,” said Sheila Gilson, senior vice president and area manager for  Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. “This recognition is a testament to the high-quality care our staff and physicians provide to our patients every day.”

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 and staff put our members and  patients at the center of all they do,” said John Skerry, MD, physician in chief at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center. “We are honored to be recognized for providing exceptional, safe care to our members, patients and the communities we serve.”

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% of hospitals received an A rating and 28% of California hospitals received an A rating.

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



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5 months ago

Did the Leapfrog Group talk to the Kaiser Mental Health staff who have been on strike about patient care?