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Thirteen Kaiser Permanente SoCal hospitals named among safest in nation

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Thirteen Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California, including San Diego, have received an "A" Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization of employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The safety report awarded the top grade to a total of 32 Kaiser Permanente hospitals around the country. The Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals that received an A rating for patient safety are: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay (Harbor City), West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills. The Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center was not included in this year's survey because of insufficient data to report since it opened in late 2011 and will receive its first Hospital Safety Score in the fall.

"This high mark speaks to our long-standing commitment to providing the highest quality of care, placing patient safety at the centerpiece," said Edward M. Ellison, M.D., executive medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. "The unwavering dedication of our highly-trained physicians and staff, our innovative electronic health records system and our infection control surveillance technology are among our greatest assets, and together make Kaiser Permanente hospitals some of the safest in the nation."

"Year after year, our medical centers continue to meet the highest standards for national hospital safety and quality measures," said Benjamin Chu, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.P., group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. "For our patients, knowing that they are receiving the right care at a hospital that is among the safest in the nation provides them with the peace of mind needed to recuperate and stay on the path to achieving total health -- mind, body and spirit."

"Earning an 'A' on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "I'd like to congratulate Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers for their achievements and encourage them to continue to put a priority on the safety of their patients."

The Hospital Safety Score assigned an A, B, C, D or F score to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, including 240 in California. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

To view Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers' scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals' scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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