(from the Press Tribune)
The 65 hospitals were selected from nearly 1,200 facilities
“As a result we have lowered the chances of our members dying from heart disease 30 percent below the community around us, reduced mortality for patients admitted with sepsis by 50 percent, and dramatically reduced the risk of our members dying from cancer compared to the rest of the nation,” Pearl said.
Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente currently serves 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, including more than 3.2 million patients in northern California.
“We received the award for meeting stringent criteria for providing high-quality care safely and efficiently,” said Sandy Sharon, chief operating officer for Kaiser Roseville Medical Center. “Our success in the areas of preventing infection, safety practices and mortality rates for common procedures was recognized. We were also recognized for our vast electronic medical record system, which makes vital health care information available instantly.”
The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. The independent advocacy group works with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers.
The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. The 2010 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.
The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in patient safety and quality.
“This award is in direct alignment with our mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, and it is a milestone in our journey to continuously improve care,” Sharon said.
~ Sena Christian