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ValleyCare Health System Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

Hospital news | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA -- ValleyCare Health System was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“ValleyCare always places patient safety as a top priority,” says ValleyCare CEO Marcy Feit. “We are pleased to be recognized with an A score by Hospital Safety Score.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate ValleyCare for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see ValleyCare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About ValleyCare
ValleyCare Health System is an intricate part of the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities, and has provided state-of-the–art, top quality health care to local families since 1961. As a not-for-profit health system, with facilities in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, ValleyCare Health System reinvests any profit it makes into the organization for new technology, facilities and services. Being locally owned, no profits or dividends go to a parent company outside of the area and it is not supported by taxes. ValleyCare has 242 beds and a medical staff of over 350, and offers a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services that are at a world-class level (www.valleycare.com).