nurses help a patient walk in hallway with robotic assistance

LLUMC East Campus staff help a patient with therapy through the use of exoskeleton pants. These exoskeleton pants can help stroke patients and others who have suffered debilitating injuries learn to walk again. 

Showcasing their nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization. Announced this week, the Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade designations are widely considered as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. 

Making strides in its dedication to patient safety, Loma Linda University Medical Center went from a previous grade “C” to an “A,” and East Campus has received this national recognition for the second consecutive year.

“Every member of our Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus hospitals work with diligent teamwork and clear commitment to improving the health of the patients we serve,” said Kerry Heinrich, CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center. “Patients and their families come to us at some of the most critical moments in their lives. This recognition for patient safety clearly demonstrates that our patients and their families can be confident about the care they receive.”

Every member of our Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus hospitals work with diligent teamwork and clear commitment to improving the health of the patients we serve. Kerry Heinrich

Jonathan Jean-Marie, vice president/administrator for East Campus, attributes this recognition to the medical professionals at East Campus who are dedicated to creating a safe and healing environment for their patients every day.

“It is our goal to provide safe and quality care to every patient that comes through our door,” Jean-Marie said. “Receiving the designation as an A-grade medical center two years in row is a testament to the teamwork and dedication to that goal that exists between our physicians, nurses, clinicians, and support team members who play an important role in the care of the patient.”

The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog congratulated Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus in a statement to all the top hospitals.

“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error,” Binder said. “We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”  

Home to over 6,500 employees including specialists, physicians, nurses and support staff, Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus employees are dedicated to providing a healing environment backed by its comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.

To see the full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more information about Loma Linda University Health’s services, researcher providers or schedule an appointment visit lluh.org or call 909-558-4000.