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La Palma Intercommunity Hospital among top 10% in nation for patient safety

La Palma, CA – March 27, 2024 – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, announced today that it has been recognized as a 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient by Healthgrades. This achievement, along with La Palma’s accomplishments as a 5-star recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment, Treatment of Pneumonia, and Gallbladder Removal Surgery reflect La Palma Intercommunity Hospital’s commitment to delivering safe, high-quality care.

“La Palma Intercommunity Hospital has cultivated an outstanding safety culture that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and staff, setting a high standard for patient safety nationwide,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize La Palma Intercommunity Hospital for providing top-quality care while preventing serious injuries to patients during their hospital stay.”

In addition to the Healthgrades honors, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital was recently recognized by The Leapfrog Group for outstanding patient safety with year-over-year “A” grades. The hospital was also named to the 2022 Fortune/Merative “100 Top Hospitals” list.

“This achievement is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our physicians, nurses and the entire healthcare team at our hospital,” says Ayman Mousa, Chief Executive Officer at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital. “We are deeply grateful to each and every member of our healthcare family for their contributions that continue to make La Palma Intercommunity Hospital a destination for quality patient care.”

Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine this year’s top-performing hospitals for patient safety. During the 2020-2022 study period, nearly 170,000 potentially preventable safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, with four patient safety indicators accounting for close to 75% of these incidents.* Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award have a significantly lower chance of experiencing one of the four leading safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52% less likely)
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56% less likely)
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67% less likely)
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71% less likely)

Where you’re treated matters, which is why Healthgrades is committed to providing the most scientifically accurate information about doctors and hospitals–with data insights not available anywhere else. To learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, visit

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2023.0.1) to MedPAR data from approximately 4,500 hospitals for years 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


About La Palma Intercommunity Hospital

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, is a 141-bed, not-for-profit, acute-care community hospital, and member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Services include 24-hour emergency care, behavioral health services, surgical services, comprehensive care for joint replacement, respiratory therapy, and clinical lab services. Recognized as a “100 Top Hospital” in the nation and by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals 17 times, community members treated at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital receive the benefit of high-quality care, close to home. Learn more at

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