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Whittier Hospital Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an 'A' for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Whittier Hospital Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Whittier Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are extremely proud of this great achievement,” said Richard Castro, CEO of Whittier Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and staff have demonstrated their commitment to the highest quality of care and safety of our patients. One more time, this designation validates their extraordinary dedication to the communities we serve”.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Whittier Hospital Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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.

Whittier Hospital Medical Center was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Whittier Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

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