Eleven Kaiser Permanente Southern California Hospitals among the Safest in the …

PASADENA, Calif., Jun 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Permanente hospitals in Southern California have received an “A”
Hospital Safety Score(SM) from The
Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers
and other large purchasers of health benefits. The safety report also
awarded the top grade to a total of 28 Kaiser Permanente hospitals
around the country.

“Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record system, combined with our
infection control surveillance technology and the commitment of our
people, enables us to maintain the highest quality of care and safety
for our patients,” said Edward
M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director for the Southern
California Permanente Medical Group. “Our physicians and staff are proud
of the consistently high marks Kaiser Permanente is receiving from such
prestigious organizations as The Leapfrog Group. This is great news for
our members and the communities we serve.”

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals that received an A
ranking for patient safety are: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana,
Los Angeles, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los
Angeles, and Woodland Hills. The Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical
Center is not included in the survey that was finalized in August, 2011,
because it opened its doors in November, 2011. Kaiser Permanente Irvine
Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Community Hospital
did not perform a large enough number of specific surgical procedures to
meet the measurement criteria.

“The Leapfrog Group has given 11 of our Kaiser Permanente hospitals in
Southern California a first-rate ‘A’ for patient safety on their
hospital safety score. This recognition demonstrates the superior
medical care we provide to our more than 3.5 million members and
highlights for our patients the quality care they will receive when they
are hospitalized,” said Benjamin
Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern
California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

The Hospital Safety Score(SM) was calculated under the guidance
of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using 26 measures of
publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication
errors, and infections. 2,600 U.S. hospitals were surveyed and assigned
an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. The safety score for each hospital
can be found at
http://hospitalsafetyscore.org/ ,
the Hospital Safety Score(SM) website.

This recognition by The Leapfrog Group is also a result of Kaiser
Permanente’s increasing use of health information technology and its
integrated electronic health record, Kaiser
Permanente HealthConnect(R), which is the largest private electronic
health record in the world. KP HealthConnect provides members with
convenient, 24/7 access to their personal health information and to
their care teams, with goals of increasing self-management and improving
health outcomes.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they
need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals
that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in
the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (
www.leapfroggroup.org )
is a national organization using the collective leverage of large
purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the
safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The
flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their
contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The
Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the
Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently
operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health
care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care
providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission
is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve
the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently
serve more than 3.5 million members in Southern California. Care for
members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by
their personal 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. For more information, go to:
www.kp.org/newscenter .

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente

        Kaiser Permanente 
        Southern California Region 
        Socorro Serrano 
        Office: 626-405-3004 

Copyright Business Wire 2012

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