Press Release

Stanford Hospital & Clinics Awarded Top Marks for Patient Safety in National Survey

06.11.2012

Stanford Hospital & Clinics has earned an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that measures hospital performance nationwide and advocates for hospital transparency.

An "A" is the highest grade awarded by The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program, which evaluates hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Stanford was among only a handful of hospitals on the Peninsula and in the South Bay to earn the top score.

"We're really pleased with our grade," said Kim Pardini-Kiely, vice president for quality and effectiveness at Stanford Hospital. "Over the past five years, the hospital has been aggressive about focusing its efforts on patient safety and improving outcomes. This is a key component of our vision to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time."

We feel transparency around hospital performance is absolutely critical in order for us to transform health care and demonstrate value for the care we deliver.

-Kim Pardini-Kiely, vice president for quality and effectiveness at Stanford Hospital

She added: "We feel transparency around hospital performance is absolutely critical in order for us to transform health care and demonstrate value for the care we deliver."

The grades are based on analysis of publicly available data using 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. "The safety measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the very basic blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication control and nurse staffing levels," according to The Leapfrog Group, which is run by employers and other large buyers of health benefits. 

To compare Stanford Hospital's score to those of other local and national hospitals, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

By John Sanford

About Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care (SHC) seeks to heal humanity through science and compassion one patient at a time, through its commitment to care, educate, and discover.  Across its health system of inpatient care, outpatient health centers, medical groups, health plan offerings, care navigation and virtual care services, Stanford Health Care provides patients with the very best in health and care through its unique leading edge and coordinated care approach.

Stanford Health Care is widely recognized for delivering the highest levels of care and compassion, while also discovering breakthroughs for treating cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, primary care issues, and many other conditions.  Stanford Health Care and its Stanford Hospital, along with Stanford Children’s Health and the Stanford University School of Medicine, are committed to delivering Stanford Medicine excellence to each and every patient and family served.

For more information, visit: www.stanfordhealthcare.org

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