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GAMC Earns 5th Consecutive 'A' for Hospital Safety

Awards & Recognition GLENDALE, CA  – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
 
"GAMC is proud to have earned its fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog national ratings program, recognizing hospitals for their commitment to patient safety," said Despina Kayichian, MD, MsHCA, CPHQ, VP of Medical Affairs and Quality, GAMC.
 
"I am proud of our physicians and nurses who have worked together to consistently improve patient safety and provide high-quality, compassionate care. By earning our fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade, it is evident that everyone at GAMC is keeping patient safety top of mind while maintaining good communication and transparency in all processes," said Dr. Kayichian.
 
“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.”
 
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 per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
 
To see GAMC's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
 
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.