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Another A grade in patient safety for Adventist Health hospitals in Hanford and Selma


CENTRAL VALLEY – Adventist Health in the Central Valley is committed to keeping patients safe, which is why the faith-based organization is pleased to have once again earned A grades in patient safety.

Adventist Health hospitals in Hanford and Selma received A grades in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals’ achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The group assigns A, B, C, D, or F grades to all general hospitals across the country and updates the grade every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

This is Adventist Health Hanford’s fourth straight A grade. Adventist Health Selma received straight A’s between 2017-2019 and again in fall 2020 and spring 2021. Adventist Health Reedley and Adventist Health Tulare did not have enough data to participate in the survey.

“Every day, our providers, nurses and staff commit to providing safe, quality care,” says Laurie Taggart, patient care executive for Adventist Health in the Central Valley, which consists of four hospitals and more than 60 medical offices. “I am forever grateful for their dedication and talents. They deserve this recognition.”

“We are extremely honored to once again have received A’s in Hanford and Selma,” says Dr. Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer for Adventist Health in the Central Valley. “With all A grades, comes hard work. We will continue to strive to maintain this top score by continuing to research and improve on our safety processes to ensure every patient receives excellent care with every single visit.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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.

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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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Surveycollect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual in-patient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.