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VVCH Fails Hospital Safety Survey

Victor Valley Community Hospital receives a failing grade by The Leapfrog Group.

In a press release announcing the scores, Leapfrog said it was focused on improving transparency in hospital data. The organization bases its grades on publicly available hospital safety data that measure how well a hospital averts preventable infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

California was ranked 11th of the 50 states in the percentage of hospitals that received an “A” grade – 37 percent. Massachusetts scored on top, with 83 percent of its hospitals getting an “A.”

Hospital Safety Score
Hospital Safety Score

Among the Southern California hospitals that received the highest safety scores were Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Nearly all of the state’s Kaiser hospitals also received A grades.

There were just a few F grades in the state, including Western Anaheim Medical Center and Victor Valley Community Hospital in Victorville.

Leapfrog was founded in 2000 by a group of employers, including Boeing, GM and GE, to help health care purchasers structure contracts. GE is a partial owner of NBCUniversal, which owns NBC4.

Methodology used by The Leap Frog Group
“The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

In addition, secondary data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey* was used to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their safety score. The Hospital Safety Score includes 26 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.”

To review the data listed by Hospital Safety Score click the link.

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