SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2019 – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center San Francisco has earned a distinction as a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, a national group that compares hospitals’ performance on U.S. standards of safety, quality, and efficiency.
A Leapfrog award is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S. The recognition showcases the hospital’s commitment to patient safety and quality.
“We are pleased to see that once again Kaiser Permanente is being recognized for the exceptional care provided by our physicians, nurses and staff.” said Maria Ansari, MD, physician in chief, KPSF. “Our hospitals are among the very best in the nation because of our care teams’ commitment to the health and well-being of our members. It is a shared responsibility between our highly skilled physicians, nurses and care teams, working collaboratively with medical students and resident physicians.”
The annual “Top Hospital” list is a prestigious group of U.S. teaching and general medical centers. San Francisco Medical Center is one of three Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals named a Top Teaching Hospital. The other Northern California Top Teaching hospitals were Roseville and Santa Clara. Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Antioch and San Leandro received Top General Hospital honors.
Teaching hospitals are those with a documented affiliation agreement with a medical school or participate in a number of approved, active residency programs such as obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics.
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors.
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center San Francisco also received the top score of “A” by the Leapfrog Group in its annual safety report, which examined and graded more than 2,600 hospitals throughout the United States. Fifteen other Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California also received A grades.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Hospital Safety Grades after examining publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at U.S. hospitals, which were then assigned A, B, C, D, or F grades for their safety records.
Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California with “A” scores were San Francisco, South San Francisco, Antioch, Fremont, Fresno, Roseville, Redwood City, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Leandro, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, South Sacramento, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Walnut Creek.
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 Grade, considered the gold standard for rating patient safety in the U.S., is an analysis based on 28 variables, including rates of infections, medication mix-ups 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 the Hospital Safety Score website, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. A full list of the institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.