Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula receives an “A” for patient safety
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Monterey, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was one of 832 hospitals to receive an “A” today from The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D, and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.
“Our primary focus is to achieve the highest level of safety and quality care for our patients. We continue to set the bar higher each time,” said Dr. Steven Cabrales, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s vice president of medical affairs. “This year, we’ve focused on many initiatives to improve the quality and safety of our care, including daily safety huddles, hand washing compliance, the Good Catch program that identifies opportunities to prevent errors, improve procedures, and promote patient safety; and our Quiet at Night initiative that improves the healing of our patients.”
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
Developed under the guidance of a national panel of experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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.
This grade comes on the heels of two straight quarters when Community Hospital received 5 stars — the most possible — in Medicare’s Overall Hospital Rating. Only 112 hospitals — 3 percent of the 3,693 eligible — received the 5-star rating.
To see Community Hospital’s full Leapfrog grade and consumer-friendly tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. In addition, Community Hospital just launched a new web section to improve the access to quality data. There are links to third-party quality comparisons, data on major service areas and how they compare to national standards, and initiatives that Community Hospital is undertaking to improve safety, quality, and patient experience for patients. Visit www.chomp.org/quality for more information.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
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. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital 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 (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at chomp.org
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.