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 823 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 — our hand hygiene compliance; our 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.”
“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.
This grade comes on the heels of two straight quarters when Community Hospital has received Medicare’s Overall Hospital Rating 5-Star Rating. Only 112 hospitals — 3 percent of the 3,693 eligible — received the 5-star rating, the highest on the scale.
To see Community Hospital’s full Leapfrog grade and consumer-friendly tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. To compare hospitals through Medicare’s Hospital Compare website, visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
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 healthcare. 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.