Roseville hospitals lauded for quality

By: Staff report
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Both of Roseville’s medical centers have received top marks from a national health quality advocacy group.

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center was named a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital while Sutter Roseville Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade in Leapfrog’s latest update to its Hospital Safety Score, according to recent press releases.

The Leapfrog Group is a national not-for-profit organization driven by the nation’s largest employers and purchasers of health care benefits, according to its website.

This is the third straight year Roseville Medical Center has received the Top Hospital award, which recognizes outstanding success in such areas as the use of electronic health records to reduce medication and other errors, performance on high-risk surgical procedures, low infection rates, and appropriate physician and nursing staffing.

In all, just 92 hospitals around the country were named Top Hospitals, out of more than 1,200 surveyed, according to a release from Kaiser.

“We are honored to be recognized among an impressive list of the nation’s top hospitals for meeting and exceeding high standards in the way we care for our patients,” said Edward Glavis, area manager and senior vice president, Roseville. “Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to improving the lives and health of our patients, and being named a Top Hospital is a reflection of that hard work.”

Sutter Roseville Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade in the Hospital Safety Score, which rates U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Our region places considerable focus on safety, whether it is the region-wide adoption of ceiling lifts or following best practices and protocols for glycemic control, sepsis and central line-associated bloodstream infections, to name just a few,” said James Conforti, regional president of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “The teamwork and skillful thinking of our clinicians and staff have made such a great impact on patient safety. Their actions and disciplined approach to applying best practices have made a real difference to our patients.”