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South Sacramento Medical Center named one of the best hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento's New South TowerOur South Sacramento Medical Center has been named a 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital, an honor that rewards hospitals for outstanding success in such areas as using electronic health records to reduce medication and other errors, lowering infection rates, maintaining appropriate physician and nursing staffing, and other measures of safety and efficiency.

A total of 10 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California, and eight in Southern California, received the honor, meaning that 18 of this year's 65 Top Hospitals in the U.S. are Kaiser Permanente facilities in California. They were chosen from a field of nearly 1,200 hospitals around the country surveyed.

South Sacramento Medical Center was also a Top Leapfrog Hospital in 2009.

"Being named a Top Leapfrog Hospital demonstrates that our team of highly skilled physicians and staff put quality and safety at the forefront of patient care at our South Sacramento Medical Center," said Patricia Rodriguez, area manager and senior vice president, South Sacramento. "Our model for patient-centered care, and the major expansion we recently completed, put us in a unique position to deliver optimal health-care in South Sacramento County."

The other Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Top Hospitals in 2011 are Roseville, Vacaville, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South San Francisco and San Jose.

"Kaiser Permanente is consistently recognized by several independent third-party organizations for providing high-quality health care, and this latest honor from Leapfrog is further testament that our physicians, nurses and staff members are consistently delivering personalized, coordinated and technologically advanced care that is improving the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve," said Gregory A. Adams, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, Inc., in Northern California.

The 18 honored Kaiser Permanente hospitals were all in the "urban" category, and comprised more than a third of the 52 top urban hospitals listed nationally. The other categories surveyed were children's hospitals (10 honored nationally) and rural hospitals (three nationally).

"The physicians, nurses and staff of Kaiser Permanente consistently deliver outstanding quality care and service that is personalized, technologically advanced and closely coordinated across all disciplines—primary care, specialty care, outpatient care and inpatient care," said Robert Pearl, MD, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. "Our excellent ratings from Leapfrog and other third-party organizations reflect the excellence and superiority of our integrated model for medical care, which enables our medical group, hospitals and health plan to work together on behalf of our patients to achieve the highest quality outcomes." 

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind.

The 2011 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children's hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The questions Leapfrog asks on its survey are consistent with measures used by The Joint Commission, National Quality Forum and Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The results of the survey are posted on a website open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital's quality and safety. The website is www.leapfroggroup.orgKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

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