Local hospitals: Earn A's

Adventist Health Selma and Kaiser Permanente Fresno earned highest marks in patient safety for Spring 2019, a nonprofit measuring healthcare safety reported.

SELMA – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that measures healthcare quality and safety, has awarded Selma and Fresno health care facilities with A grades in patient safety for spring 2019.

Both Adventist Health Selma and Kaiser Permanente Fresno earned the high marks.

The Hospital Safety Grade assigns grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. Twenty-eight measures of publicly available hospital safety data are used to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice a year.

This is the fourth time in a row that Adventist Health Selma has earned the highest grade. They are the only hospital in Fresno County to maintain an A since fall 2017.

“Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients and everyone who walks through our doors,” said Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health services in the Central Valley. “To be nationally recognized as an A hospital in patient safety is truly an honor. Adventist Health Selma remains dedicated to meeting the highest safety standards as we fulfill our mission of living God’s love.”

Kaiser Permanente Fresno’s Senior Vice President and Area Manager Wade Nogy said they are proud to be recognized for providing safe patient care.

“This national recognition reflects on our commitment to putting safety first.”

Fourteen of their hospitals in Northern California receive “A” scores including Antioch, Fresno, Redwood City, Roseville, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Clara, San Leandro, Santa Rosa, South Sacramento, South San Francisco, Vallejo and Walnut Creek. Their hospitals in Fremont, Manteca, Modesto, Oakland, San Jose and Vacaville received “B” scores.

Nationally, 28 of 39 Kaiser Permanente hospitals, or 74 percent, received an “A” grade, compared to approximately 30 percent of all hospitals graded in the U.S.

“We continue to lead the way when it comes to providing exceptional, high-quality care to our members and patients,” Kaiser Permanente Fresno Physician-in-Chief Dr. Shahzad Jahromi said. The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. It is an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The Hospital Safety Score, considered the gold standard for rating patient safety in the U.S., is an analysis based on 30 variables, including rates of infections, medication errors and health care-acquired injuries. It uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association, and its own Leapfrog survey.

To see all hospital scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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