It’s true that UC Davis was listed as one of the 20 top hospitals in the 2012 Leapfrog rankings. But your front-page article Wednesday failed to note that all 17 Kaiser Permanente Hospital centers were equally ranked in this group as top hospitals in California.
With Kaiser Permanente being the health care provider for many residents of Davis, it seems to me that an article providing information that could seriously affect health care choices shouldn’t omit such important data.
* Editor’s note: We regret our inadvertent omission of Kaiser Permanente from our recent story. Ten Kaiser hospitals (Vacaville, Roseville, South Sacramento, Antioch, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Clara, South San Francisco, Vallejo and Walnut Creek) received the top hospital honor from the Leapfrog Group.
The four local top hospitals (UC Davis Medical Center and the three Kaiser facilities in the Sacramento region) are in elite company: Only 92 hospitals around the country were named top hospitals, out of more than 1,200 surveyed.
Leapfrog also awarded 17 of Kaiser Permanente’s 21 hospitals in Northern California A grades for patient safety. One received a B grade and the remainder were not graded because they lacked sufficient volume in several measures used int he scoring.