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South Sacramento Medical Center Receives Top Safety Score for the Second Year

Our South Sacramento Medical Center has received the top score of “A” by The Leapfrog Group in its annual safety report. We are among the 18 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California to receive the top grade. The Leapfrog Group graded more than 2,500 hospitals throughout the United States.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at 2,500 U.S. hospitals. Hospitals were then assigned A, B, C, D, or F grades for their safety records.

“Our physicians, nurses and staff work diligently to ensure our patients receive personalized, coordinated and integrated health care, and these safety scores reflect that,” said Richard Isaacs, MD, physician-in-chief, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.

Roseville Medical Center, which had operated for years under a joint license with the Sacramento Medical Center, was recently granted its own license. Therefore, the independent data was not present to give Roseville its own score. However, Roseville Medical Center's safety record is clear, having received an “A” grade in this survey last year and having been named a Leapfrog “Top Hospital” for the past three consecutive years.

Other Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California with “A” scores were: Antioch, Fremont, Fresno, Hayward, Manteca, Modesto, Redwood City, Richmond, Sacramento, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, South San Francisco, Vallejo and Walnut Creek.

Roseville Medical Center, which had operated for years under a joint license with the Sacramento Medical Center, was recently granted its own license. Therefore, the independent data was not present to give Roseville its own score. However, Roseville Medical Center's safety record is clear, having received an “A” grade in this survey last year and having been named a Leapfrog “Top Hospital” for the past three consecutive years.

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. Since 2006, the organization has published an annual list of Top Hospitals in the U.S. using national measures of healthcare quality, safety and efficiency. This is the second year it has published the Hospital Safety Scores, which uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

To see all hospital scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.orgKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites., the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.orgKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

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