All but one of San Luis Obispo County’s four hospitals have received a top score for hospital safety based on a recent survey of the nation’s medical centers.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital, both owned by Tenet Healthcare, and French Hospital Medical Center, owned by Dignity Health, were given an “A” grade for hospital safety in The Leapfrog Group’s biannual Hospital Safety Score survey.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, also owned by Dignity Health, was given a “B” — down from an “A” in the last ranking last spring.
According to Leapfrog’s website, the Arroyo Grande hospital received a “B” because it ranked below average in eight of the 28 national performance measures that The Leapfrog Group uses to determine patient safety. The hospital performed below average on measures including safety problems with surgery — such as surgical wounds splitting open and accidental cuts and tears — and the use of standard safety protocols such as doctors ordering medications through a computer and hand-washing.
None of the three A-ranked hospitals rated below average in more than five of the 28 measures.
Scores are given twice a year, and are based on national performance measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement, according to the Leapfrog Group website.
The measures examine what procedures hospitals use for treating patients, their treatment time and recovery rate, as well as infrastructure at the hospitals to determine which hospitals are safest for patients.
According to the website, 31 percent of the 2,500 hospitals surveyed received an “A” grade, and 27 percent a “B” grade.
“Recognition by the Leapfrog Group validates our commitment to providing the best care for our patients,” said Sierra Vista spokesman Ron Yukelson. “It is important to note scoring methods differ by organization and none provide a complete picture of the care provided. Patients should use any publicly available survey as one tool in their total evaluation.”
“Dignity Health’s Central Coast hospitals are pleased by the excellent ratings recently received from The Leapfrog Group, which focuses on patient safety,” said Eugene Keller, vice president of quality for the Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, which include the Santa Maria-based Marian Regional Medical Center. “These top ratings are yet another documented example of how our physicians, employees and volunteers at (our hospitals) are committed to ensuring that our patients receive the highest level of care and compassion.”
For more information on the safety scores, or on the ranking methodology, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.