The Leapfrog Group — a national watchdog group that compares hospitals’ performance on U.S. standards of safety, quality and efficiency — has named Kaiser Permanente Riverside and 16 other Kaiser Permanente hospitals as “Top Hospitals.”
The annual “Top Hospital” list is an exclusive group of U.S. medical centers. While more than 1,300 urban hospitals completed the Leapfrog survey and were considered for the recognition, only 62 (4.7 percent) were named “Top Hospitals.” In California, only 23 hospitals made the list. Kaiser Permanente’s 17 hospitals make up nearly three-quarters of the state’s “Top Hospitals.”
“Kaiser Permanente Riverside’s performance in The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital ratings reflects the successful outcomes that come from providing care within an integrated, coordinated health care model,” said Vita Willett, senior vice president, area manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. “Our more than 432,000 members are able to achieve the best health outcomes because of the dedicated focus on high-quality care provided by our Kaiser Permanente physicians, nurses and care teams.”
In order to be on the list, a “Top Hospital” must have fulfilled stringent performance standards for high-risk procedures (such as heart surgery). A medical center must have also attained outstanding success in areas such as instituting stringent safety practices, and reducing infection rates and mortality rates for common procedures. Hospitals must also fully meet Leapfrog’s standards for implementing computer physician order entry systems
“Kaiser Permanente is consistently receiving the highest marks for quality and safety because our care teams are committed to doing what’s best for the member, keeping them safe and healthy,” said Frank Flowers, MD, area medical director for Kaiser Permanente Riverside. “Having experts available from every specialty area working in collaboration with their care teams, and utilizing the most advanced electronic medical record allows us to provide patients rapid, cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment.”
These achievement made by Kaiser, make Riverside a location of choice for people searching for a city with great healthcare.
To view the complete list of Leapfrog’s 2015 “Top Hospitals,” visit the group’s website at www.leapfroggroup.org.
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