Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus were recognized nationally for achievements in patient safety and quality, receiving an ‘A’ for fall 2019 from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization. Announced today by the Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the designations are widely considered as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.
This achievement follows the hospitals’ spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade ‘A’ award. Kerry Heinrich, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, attributes these consecutive recognitions to the consistent dedication practiced by medical professionals at the hospitals to create a safe and healing environment for their patients every day.
“Leapfrog’s awards to our Medical Center and East Campus recognize our entire organization’s effort to provide our patients the safest possible care,” Heinrich said. “Our hospitals work together to share information and best practices, and these ‘A’ ratings affirm these efforts. The entire Inland Empire community benefits by Loma Linda University Health’s culture of safety that Leapfrog has identified.”
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.
This is Loma Linda University Medical Center – East Campus’ third consecutive “A” grade, earning the recognition in fall 2018 and spring and fall 2019.
“In addition to providing top-quality care to every patient who comes through our door, it is always our goal to provide them a safe and healing environment,” said Jonathan Jean-Marie, vice president/administrator for East Campus. “Receiving this designation for a third time is a testament to the ongoing commitment and teamwork among our physicians, nurses, clinicians and support team members who work tirelessly to ensure this goal is met.”
Loma Linda University Medical Center and East Campus are home to more than 6,500 employees, including specialists, physicians, nurses and support staff. Backed by comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, employees at the hospitals are dedicated to providing a safe and healing environment for their patients.
To see the hospitals’ full grade details or to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more information about Loma Linda University Health services, providers or to schedule an appointment, please visit lluh.org or call 909-558-4000.