Most hospitals in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and foothills received As for patient safety from a nonprofit group.
The Leapfrog Group released Wednesday its fall 2013 update to its hospital safety scores for more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals. The facilities were assigned grades of A through F. About a third of the hospitals received As, about a quarter Bs and fewer than a tenth Cs. Fewer than 1percent received Fs.
Doctors Hospital of Manteca, the Kaiser hospitals in Manteca and Modesto, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mercy Medical Center in Merced and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital received As. Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Sonora Regional Medical Center and St. Josephs Medical Center in Stockton received Bs. Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock and San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp received Cs.
An Emanuel official said its grade does not accurately reflect the hospitals safety record.
Emanuel measures the quality of its patient care through mandated programs including the Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting Program mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is accredited by the Joint Commission, wrote Pennie Rorex, the hospitals assistant vice president of corporate communication. Therefore, we do not participate in the voluntary Leapfrog survey; thus, the survey results for Emanuel are incomplete.
The American Hospital Association has claimed there are shortcomings in Leapfrogs hospital safety survey and said an unfair bias is shown to facilities that respond to the voluntary survey.
Research shows that as many as 440,000 U.S. patients die annually from preventable hospital errors, according to a Leapfrog news release. This puts medical errors as the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the release.
For more information about the Hospital Safety Score or to view the list of state rankings, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.