(La Palma, CA, May 29, 2019) – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from
The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grade, and was the recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places La Palma Intercommunity Hospital among the top
5% of all short-term acute care hospitals. The designation recognizes
the efforts made in protecting patients from harm and providing safer
La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is proud to announce that we are among
the few hospitals in the surrounding area to receive both distinctions.
The ‘A’ for Patient Safety and the top 5% ranking lets the
community and neighboring cities know that we can provide the quality
level of care they deserve.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving
health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety
Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’
or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their
performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections
and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an
accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah
Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that
earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients
from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders,
board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn
“One of our goals is to maximize patient safety and continuously
make major strides in healthcare,” said Allen Stefanek, CEO of La
Palma Intercommunity Hospital. “These awards are not only a reflection
of our dedication and hard work but of our commitment to higher standards.
The culture of patient safety is engrained in each member of this hospital,
and we are committed to delivering the highest quality care.”
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available
hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care
hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology
is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient
Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients
hospitals, on average*:
- 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care.
- 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest.
- 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
- 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired
at the hospital.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of
award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667
patient safety events could have been avoided.*
[Insert any details on patient safety programs/investments that contributed
to your hospital’s achievement or any other quality achievements
you want to highlight].
View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and
Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical
specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through
2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
To see La Palma Intercommunity Hospital’s full grade details, and
to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit
About La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
Founded in 1972, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare,
is a 140-bed acute-care facility dedicated to providing the community
with high-quality, compassionate healthcare. Established as a not-for-profit
organization in 2015, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is the recipient
of more than 72 Healthgrades recognitions of excellence in eight areas
since 2014. Key services include general medical/surgical inpatient care
and treatment, critical care, emergency services, behavioral health, orthopedics,
maternity care, and wound care. For more information visit lapalmaintercommunityhospital.com.