CENTRAL VALLEY – When it comes to keeping patients safe, Adventist Health hospitals in Hanford and Selma each earned an A from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other healthcare consumers who are committed to improving quality and safety.

Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to acute care hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care. Of the 2,600 hospitals evaluated this fall, 377 earned an A.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our patients,” says Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health in the Central Valley. “I am very proud of our teams, who constantly are looking for ways to better serve our patients as part of our mission to live God’s love. We are excited to celebrate this achievement.”

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Adventist Health Selma is the only hospital in Fresno County to earn straight A’s five times in a row.

“It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to acute-care hospitals in the United States twice a year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent. The results are free to the public and may be viewed by visiting: hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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