UCSF Medical Center Receives 'A' for Patient Safety

Leapfrog Group Assesses Medical Errors, Accidents, Injuries and Infections in Hospitals

By Scott Maier on April 19, 2017

UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus received an "A" in the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade, released April 12, 2017, by the nonprofit The Leapfrog Group, which grades hospitals nationwide for their commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

The Leapfrog Group is dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system. Its Hospital Safety Grade is considered a gold standard measure of a hospital's success in keeping its patients from avoidable harm.

"We are pleased to have again been graded as an 'A' hospital by The Leapfrog Group, as it reflects our dedication to the highest standards of patient care," said Dr. Adrienne Green, chief medical officer for UCSF Medical Center and vice president for patient safety and accreditation for UCSF Health. "As part of our continual effort to implement best practices, UCSF has made significant progress in reducing hospital acquired infections and increasing hand hygiene compliance, and we steadfastly respond to any challenges."

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"Providing high quality, safe care to patients is — and always will be — the highest priority of UCSF Health, and we appreciate the acknowledgement of our efforts with this 'A' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade," said Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer and president of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and health care providers throughout the Bay Area. "Our clinical teams strive to provide outstanding care to our patients, including those with the most challenging and complex health conditions."

UCSF Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive an "A" — its third consecutive top score.

"Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an 'A' Safety Grade."

About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer.

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About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.