Kaiser Richmond receives ‘A’ grade for hospital safety

Kaiser Richmond receives 'A' grade for hospital safety
Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center (Photo courtesy of Kaiser.)

Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center received a top score of “A” in its biannual Hospital Safety Grades report from The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group assigned letter grades to nearly 3,000 hospitals throughout the U.S. based upon about two dozen measures analyzing factors such as patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. The safety grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

Richmond was among 17 Kaiser hospitals in Northern California to receive “A” scores. Others earning the top score are Kaiser hospitals in Antioch, Fremont, Oakland, San Francisco, San Rafael, Vallejo and Walnut Creek. Over 80 percent of Kaiser’s Northern California hospitals received an “A” grade, while nationally, nearly 75 percent (29 of 39 hospitals) received that grade. In contrast, less than 30 percent of the nation’s hospital received an “A” rating, Kaiser added.

“I am so proud of our teams for achieving this ‘A’ safety grade at the Richmond Medical Center,” said Ed Chan, Kaiser Permanente East Bay senior vice president and area manager. “Our health care professionals strive for excellence, especially when it comes to delivering safe care to our patients.”

Added John Morehouse, MD, physician in chief of the Richmond Medical Center, “Our mission is to provide the best patient care as safely as possible. This award is in recognition of the hard work our dedicated and talented physicians, nurses and clinical teams provide to our patients every day.”

For more information and a complete list of the hospital safety grades, visit Leapfrog.