South San Francisco, CA May 6, 2023 Submitted by Antonia Ehlers, Kaiser Permanente
KAISER PERMANENTE SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES TOP PATIENT SAFETY RATING
The Leapfrog Group’s biannual safety report gives Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center an “A” for limiting patient injuries, reducing medical errors, and preventing infections
The Leapfrog Group recognized Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center with a top score of “A” in its biannual Hospital Safety Grades report. After reviewing hospital clinical performance, The Leapfrog Group 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.
This spring, 17 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California received “A” scores including: Antioch, Fremont, Fresno, Manteca, Modesto, Oakland, Richmond, Roseville, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Walnut Creek. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Redwood City, Sacramento, and San Jose received “B” scores.
More than 80% of Kaiser Permanente Northern California (17 of 21) hospitals received an “A” grade. In California overall, only 34% of the state’s hospitals earned the top grade.
“It is an honor to receive an ‘A’ from the Leapfrog Group,” said San Francisco Senior Vice President and Area Manager Tarek Salaway. “Our care teams strive for excellence while providing exceptional care to our patients every day. We are delighted by this achievement that highlights our exceptional clinical performance anchored in dignity and compassion.”
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.
“Every patient interaction is a chance to provide outstanding care to our patients in a safe, caring environment,” said San Francisco Medical Center Physician in Chief Maria Ansari, MD. “We take that responsibility very seriously and this award speaks to the commitment of our care teams to provide high-quality care.”
Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and serves more than 12.6 million members. Nationally, 29 of 39 Kaiser Permanente hospitals, nearly 75% percent, received a Leapfrog Safety “A” grade. In contrast, less than 30% of the nation’s hospitals received an “A” rating.
For more information and a complete list of the hospital safety grades, visit Leapfrog.