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La Palma Intercommunity Hospital Awarded Spring 2023 ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

Grade reflects top national performance on patient safety through COVID-19 pandemic

 

La Palma, California, May 3, 2023 – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation  received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates La Palma’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is nationally recognized for its clinical excellence. In addition to exceeding standards for patient safety, the hospital was recently recognized as one of the top-performing community hospitals in the nation for the second year in a row on the 2022 Fortune/Merative “100 Top Hospitals” list.

“We strive to create an environment conducive to compassionate care, and we take every measure to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment,” said Ayman Mousa, CEO of La Palma Intercommunity Hospital. “Thank you to our dedicated staff and physicians. This recognition is a testament to their commitment and ability to deliver personalized care with exceptional outcomes for our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Seventy-five percent of Prime Healthcare’s 45 hospitals across the country currently hold an “A” grade.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers, and clinicians who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see La Palma’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.

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About La Palma Intercommunity Hospital

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital 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 by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals 17 times in 5 different clinical categories since 2014, patients treated at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital benefit from the expertise of a large hospital system in a smaller, more personal setting. Learn more at lapalmaintercommunityhospital.com.