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Whittier Hospital Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety in National Hospital Safety Grade

WHITTIER, Calif., April 24, 2018 The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, and Whittier Hospital Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“At Whittier Hospital Medical Center, our highest priority is the safety of our patients,” said Whittier Hospital Medical Center CEO Richard Castro. “We are pleased that our attention to their health, safety and wellbeing has been affirmed through this top national recognition.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Whittier Hospital Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about Whittier Hospital Medical Center, visit whittierhospital.com or call 562-945-3561.

About Whittier Hospital Medical Center

Whittier Hospital Medical Center is a 178-bed acute care hospital, accredited by the Joint Commission, with a medical staff of approximately 400 physicians representing more than 40 specialties. Being part of the community has been an important goal throughout the years, and with your help and loyalty we can continue to provide health services that you can depend on. For more information visit: whittierhospital.com.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About the Hospital Safety Grade

As the only independent ratings program that focuses exclusively on how effectively hospitals keep their patients safe, the Hospital Safety Grade is the gold standard measure of patient safety. Each A, B, C, D, or F grade includes 30 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs, and rates how well the hospital protects patients from errors, injuries and infections. Patients and families more than ever turn to the Hospital Safety Grade to make their healthcare decisions.

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