Sunday, September 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

UC Davis Medical Center ranked as a top hospital

Jing Shao, a medical/surgical nurse at Sutter Davis Hospital, chats with a patient and a visiting family member. The hospital recently received an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score. Courtesy photo

By
From page A1 | December 05, 2012 |

When it comes to securing the health of oneself and one’s family, some local hospitals are excelling, according to a recent study from The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group, founded in 2000, is an independent, nonprofit organization run by some of the nation’s largest employers and health-care purchasers. Since 2006, the coalition has been conducting an annual top hospital survey and compiling a national hospital safety score.

The UC Davis Medical Center earned recognition as one of The Leapfrog Group’s top hospitals in 2012, a list that included only 20 other medical facilities in California.

The top-hospital results, which were released last week, were based on Leapfrog’s survey of 1,200 participating hospitals, including university hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.

Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group, praised the achievement of the UCD Medical Center in a news release:

“The Leapfrog top hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees.

“By achieving the top hospital accolade, UC Davis has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one that consistently provides safe, high-quality care.”

The Med Center also earned an A grade from Leapfrog for patient safety.

Leapfrog says the safety grades are a general representation of a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients protected from preventable harm. It rates each participating hospital on medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The data is compiled under the guidance of a nine-member panel of leading experts on patient safety; one of those experts is Patrick Romano, a professor of medicine and pediatrics at UCD. Scores are calculated on 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

Of the 2,618 American hospitals that participated in the survey, 790 earned an A on their hospital safety score, 678 earned a B, 1,004 received a C, 121 earned a D and 25 received an F.

The evaluation saw several local hospitals pass with flying colors. Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region — which encompasses hospitals, physicians and outpatient centers in Yolo, Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter and Yuba counties — received straight A’s at all six of its local hospitals, including Sutter Davis Hospital.

Of the 14 Sutter Health facilities rated, 11 had A grades and three received C grades.

“The teamwork and skillful thinking of our clinicians and staff have made such a great impact on patient safety,” James Conforti, regional president of Sutter Health, said in a statement. “Their actions and disciplined approach to applying best practices have made a real difference to our patients.”

Conforti cited the safety-focused mechanisms in place, from a regionwide adoption of ceiling lifts to complying with the best practices for glycemic control, sepsis and central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Woodland Memorial Hospital did not perform as well, receiving its first D grade on Leapfrog’s scale. The hospital scored below average in several areas, including falls, post-operative blood clots, collapsed lungs due to medical treatment, management structure and other procedures designed to keep patients safe.

Melissa Jue, a spokeswoman for Dignity Health, the hospital’s parent company, said, “Dignity Health supports public reporting of a hospital’s quality and we take seriously our responsibility to provide compassionate, quality care.”

She expressed confidence in the care provided by Woodland Memorial’s doctors, nurses and caregivers, adding, “Dignity Health remains concerned that the Leapfrog Group’s approach oversimplifies the complex task of measuring and improving quality.”

A comparison of all the local hospitals’ safety scores, and the entire list of top hospitals, can be found at leapfroggroup.org.

Comments

comments

.

News

Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

 
Teams assess damage as wildfire burns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Driver arrested for DUI after Saturday morning crash

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Help raise funds for juvenile diabetes cure

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Jewelry, art for sale at Senior Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Davis Community Meals needs cooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Hawk Hill trip planned Sept. 30

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Send kids to camp!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Da Vinci awarded $38,000 for restorative justice program

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Outdoor yoga marathon celebrates community

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Wise words

By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A12

 
.

Forum

Awareness is key to this fight

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A6

Options for protection come with flu season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

Paso Fino project is flawed

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Paso Fino — it’s not worth it

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Archer will get my vote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
It’s time for Davis Scouts to stand up for what is right

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Mike Keefe cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

 
Building something at schools’ HQ

By Our View | From Page: A10

Don’t sell city greenbelt

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Maybe David can beat Goliath again

By Lynne Nittler | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

DHS gets on its Morse to beat Edison

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JV Blue Devils drop low-scoring affair

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B2

 
Republic FC’s fairy tale season continues

By Evan Ream | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Wire briefs: Giants rally falls short in San Diego

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Four local swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

‘We’re a way better team’ than record, says UCD’s Shaffer

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Aggie men pound Pomona-Pitzer in the pool

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4

Davis 15-year-old making a splash in European F4 series

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

‘Ladies Foursome’ adds shows

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
.

Business

MBI hires VP of marketing

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Styles on target for November debut

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7

 
Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

By Rob White | From Page: A9

 
.

Obituaries

Carol L. Walsh

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, September 21, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8