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UCSF Hospitals Earn ‘A’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

Grade Reflects Top National Performance Among Nearly 3,000 Hospitals

UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Photo by Susan Merrell
UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Photo by Susan Merrell

We are thrilled to see our staff and providers recognized for their daily commitment to excellence, including during the height of the pandemic. SURESH GUNASEKARAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, UCSF HEALTH

UCSF Health hospitals at Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for spring 2023 – a national recognition of excellence for protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

The safety group gave the highest rating to the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights’ Moffitt and Long Hospitals, and to UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which includes the UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s HospitalUCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

“This award reflects the effort and heart we put into providing the safest and highest quality care for our patients,” said Suresh Gunasekaran, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health. “We are thrilled to see our staff and providers recognized for their daily commitment to excellence, including during the height of the pandemic.”

The Leapfrog Group, a national health care nonprofit supported by employers and other purchasers of health care, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” to almost 3,000 general hospitals across the country. The grade is based on more than 30 national performance measures that track errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But UCSF Health received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

About UCSF Health: UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, reflecting the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and pioneering research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is a top-ranked specialty hospital, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its graduate-level health sciences education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. Visit Follow UCSF Health on Facebook or on Twitter.

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) Survey collect 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.

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