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Press Releases: Southern California

June 7, 2012

Eleven Kaiser Permanente Southern California Hospitals Among the Safest in the Nation

Facilities awarded an “A” in the Hospital Safety ScoreSM

PASADENA, Calif. — Eleven Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have received an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The safety report awarded the top grade to a total of 28 Kaiser Permanente hospitals around the country.

The Leapfrog Group

“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.”

Hospital Safety Score

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, which was finalized in August 2011, because it opened its doors in November 2011. Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Community Hospital did not have sufficient data for the survey. Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Orange County-Irvine is working with Leapfrog regarding their Hospital Safety Survey score.

“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 ScoreSM 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. A total of 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 ScoreSM 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®, 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 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. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.

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