Roseville Kaiser gets top marks

Hospital has low infection, mortality rates
By: Rachel Sewell of the Press Tribune
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Kaiser’s Roseville Medical Center recently received a national “Top Hospital” honor for exceptional performance.

The award was issued by Leapfrog, a non-profit organization that compares the performances of various hospitals around the U.S.

Kaiser’s facility in Roseville is one of the 98 medical centers that received the “Top Hospital” recognition out of 1,600 hospitals that were considered.

Chris Palkowski, Kaiser Roseville’s Physician-in-Chief, attributed the award to a group effort.

“We’re fortunate to have so many experts from every specialty area working in collaboration with their care teams,” Palkowski said. “I am grateful for everyone who makes Roseville such a special place to work and receive care.”

Jeff Collins, Senior Vice President and area manager for Kaiser Permanente, held a similar view of Roseville’s accomplishment.

“[This recognition] should give residents in the Roseville area a huge boost of confidence that there’s a facility right here, in their backyard, that meets the stringent safety practices that are required for you to get the Leapfrog ‘Top Hospital’ award,” Collins reflected. “We know our team is amazing, and we know they deliver fantastic care, but it’s always nice when an agency like leapfrog reinforces that.”

Medical centers that receive the “Top Hospital” award have proven to the nonprofit that they have low rates of infections, an appropriate ICU staff, low mortality rates for high-risk surgeries, an exceptional maternity ward, short lengths of stay and a low readmission rate.

Though Kaiser Roseville’s team has been recognized for exceptional work and care, Collins made it clear the hospital knows there is still work to be done.

 “We are always looking to see what we can do better,” he said.