The Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers have once again been awarded an "A" from the Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The announcement was released nationally by the Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog.

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.

“This recognition demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to putting patient safety at the forefront of all we do,” said Greg Christian, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, San Bernardino County Area. “Patient safety is our highest priority and is accomplished through highly reliable practices and systems. This ‘A’ grade represents the hard work and outstanding commitment of our physicians, nurses and staff, each and every day.”

“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 this A.”

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.

To see how Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals scored locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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