8 Kaiser California hospitals make top 65 list, including 10 in NorCal
San Francisco Business Times
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:11am PST - Last Modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:12am PST
Ten of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California hospitals have been named to the Leapfrog Group’s list of the nation’s top hospitals in terms of quality, and 18 Kaiser hospitals statewide made the 65-hospital quality list, according to Kaiser officials.
Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group annually lists the hospitals nationally that have the best results on metrics such as using electronic health records to reduce medication and other errors, lowering infection rates, maintaining appropriate physician and nursing staffing ratios, and other measures of safety and efficiency.
Eight Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California also received the honor, “which means that 18 of this year’s 65 Top Hospitals in the U.S. are Kaiser Permanente facilities in California,” the Oakland-based health giant noted in a statement slated for release early Tuesday. The Leapfrog winners were selected from a field of nearly 1,200 U.S. hospitals, although many of those are tiny, underfunded facilities unlikely to win national kudos.
Over the past three years, 13 Kaiser facilities in Northern California have been honored by Leapfrog, Kaiser said.
This year’s honorees in Northern California included facilities in San Francisco, South San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Antioch, San Jose, Roseville, South Sacramento and Vacaville. Kaiser’s hospital and health plan operations in the region are headed by Gregory Adams, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals Inc. in Northern California.
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