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2014 News

Published on May 07, 2014

Community Hospital awarded an ‘A’ for excelling in patient safety

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was honored with an “A” — the top grade — in the latest Hospital Safety Score, designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries, and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give consumers information they can consider when facing a hospital stay.

“At Community Hospital, we are always striving to eliminate preventable harm and this rating is the latest validation of our efforts,” says Steven Packer, MD, president and CEO. “We have consistently been rated in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide when it comes to safety.”

The score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single letter grade — “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” — representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. Measures considered include infection rates, protocols to prevent medication errors, and nurse staffing and education. More than 2,500 general hospitals in the U.S. were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score’s web site offers an analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

“We congratulate the board, physicians, administration, and staff of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for achieving an ‘A’ and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

To see how Community Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score web site at



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at



The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score (  is an initiative of the Leapfrog Group (, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare 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. 

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