WHITTIER, Calif., May 15, 2019 – Whittier Hospital Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from
The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Whittier Hospital Medical Center’s efforts
in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. 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.
“Our highest priority at Whittier Hospital Medical Center 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.”
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 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
Whittier Hospital Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today,
when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see Whittier
Hospital Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient
tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit
hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on
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.