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 Hospital & Clinics 

Stanford Hospital & Clinics, located in Palo Alto, California with multiple facilities throughout the region, is internationally renowned for leading edge and coordinated care in cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, organ transplant, medicine specialties and primary care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is part of Stanford Medicine, which includes Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health, alleviate suffering, and translate medical breakthroughs into better ways to deliver patient care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit: StanfordHospital.org.

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