Long Beach Memorial is one of only a small number of U.S. hospitals recognized for its continuous, outstanding dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit of employers and large purchasers of health benefits, grades hospitals twice annually for their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Long Beach Memorial is being lauded as a “Straight A” hospital as it has never received a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since it launched three years ago.
The A grade is among the most significant achievements a hospital can achieve and one of the most important indicators for patients seeking a safe place to receive care. Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score, considered the gold standard rating for patient safety, was created to offer consumers critical information on the safest places for a hospital stay.
“At a time when more than 1,000 people die daily from preventable accidents in hospitals, Leapfrog believes patient safety should be Job One. To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we’ve made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital’s previous safety record,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president & CEO. “Those earning an ‘A’ demonstrate their commitment to their patients and community. I congratulate MemorialCare Health System’s Long Beach hospitals for safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
Other MemorialCare hospitals in Long Beach achieved high grades and accolades from Leapfrog Group surveys as well. Community Hospital Long Beach, received an “A” rating in recent Safety Score grading. Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach is one of only nine children’s hospitals nationally to appear on Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals which combines adult and children’s facilities on one list.
“This is a testament to the more than 6,000 employees and affiliated physicians that serve the community at our three Long Beach hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities,” says Tamra Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer, Long Beach Memorial. “Our highly consistent commitment to patient safety is a hallmark of MemorialCare’s more than 200 care sites.”
Findings from the recent Hospital Safety Score update show that while hospitals have made statistically significant improvements since last fall on pre- and post-surgery safety processes and implementation of computerized medication prescribing systems, performance on safety outcomes — including preventing errors, accidents and infections—has not significantly improved—except in the case of Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s, Community Hospital and some others. Hospital Safety Scores are calculated by a Blue Ribbon panel of patient safety experts and are peer-reviewed, transparent and free to the public. The scoring uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.