Monday, December 11, 2017

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CHOC Named One of the Safest Hospitals in the Nation by The Leapfrog Group

CHOC Children’s Hospital has once again been named a “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients.  CHOC is one of only nine children's hospitals in the nation—and the only one on the West Coast— to earn the prestigious distinction.  

"CHOC is committed to becoming the world's safest children's hospital. While this is a never-ending journey, being named as a Top Children's Hospital for the eighth time by the Leapfrog Group suggests we are on the right track. Leapfrog has always emphasized patient safety as the top priority, one with which our patients, families and partners would no doubt agree. It's a humbling honor, and serves as both encouragement and motivation to continue our efforts to provide the safest, highest quality care possible,” said Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, CHOC.

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, CHOC has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate CHOC’s board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2016 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.



6 OC Hospitals Receive "A" Rating for Safety

Six hospitals in the Orange County area, including Hoag Hospital Irvine, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Anaheim and Irvine, and UC Irvine, received an A rating from the Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety organization, which recently released its annual safety ratings for 2016. 

Of the 2,633 hospitals evaluated nationally, 267 were in California. Eighty-one California hospitals received an A rating overall, and the state ranked 26 among the 47 states included in the rating.

Kaiser Permanente hospitals consistently post some of the highest scores.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to patient safety. The ratings by the Leapfrog Group demonstrate that commitment and the trust we have earned from our patients and members, affirming that they are receiving the right care from a team of compassionate physicians, nurses, and care providers,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Our emphasis on infection control and adherence to the safest surgical standards makes Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California among the safest in the nation. 

“In the fast-changing healthcare landscape, patients should be aware that hospitals are not all equally competent at protecting them from injuries and infections. We believe everyone has the right to know which hospitals are the safest and encourage community members to call on their local hospitals to change, and on their elected officials to spur them to action. States that put a priority on safety have shown remarkable improvements.” said Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder in a statement.

The Leapfrog Group's safety assessments factor in several criteria from 30 categories, pooled together from various performance measures from sources such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include rates of errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, according to the LA Times.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts and is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. A full description of the data and methodology used in determining grades is available at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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