MemorialCare hospitals, including Long Beach Medical Center, Orange Coast Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, were honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and large purchasers of health benefits.

The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel used 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a Hospital Safety Score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. Hospitals across the U.S. were assigned a score of A, B, C, D or F based on these measures.

Acknowledged national leader in patient safety and quality, MemorialCare is recognized as an innovator in health care delivery.

“Our more than 13,000 physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff are dedicated to implementing evidence-based, best practice medicine at all our medical centers to ensure the communities we serve receive comprehensive, high quality care,” says Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D., MemorialCare president & CEO. “We are honored to be included among the nation’s safest hospitals.”

This recognition is among an impressive number of recent global, national and statewide honors awarded to MemorialCare. MemorialCare was recently honored as one of only 32 businesses worldwide with the Gallup Great Workplace Award and is one of only 30 businesses to ever win this award for three consecutive years. Engaged employees, according to Gallup, are more productive, safer, more customer-centric and more successful.

MemorialCare has gained widespread recognition for its unique approach to health care. MemorialCare is acknowledged as among some of California’s best hospitals and named “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report. MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians were honored by California Association for Physician Groups with the Elite Status rating of four stars, the highest rating possible for medical groups in California. The program measures how physician organizations improve patient quality, safety, affordability, access, communications, continuity of care, health information technology, public accountability, cultural sensitivities and responsiveness.