NEWS | April 26, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center earns 'A' grade for patient safety for 6th time in a row


The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog group that includes some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score.

The Leapfrog Group has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an The Leapfrog Group has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an "A" on its most recent Hospital Safety Score.

The Leapfrog Group assigns “A” through “F” grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on the ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The evaluation is considered the gold standard for ranking hospitals nationwide on the likelihood that patients will be free from preventable harm during hospital stays.

The Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score marks the sixth consecutive time that UC Davis has achieved the highest grade.

“The Leapfrog grade is one of many indicators of the quality of the care we provide our patients at UC Davis,” said Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center. “Our consistent top performance in this survey reflects the diligence of our care teams in making safety our highest priority.”

The Hospital Safety Score encompasses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. For the first time, the Spring 2016 scores included five measures of patient-reported experiences, as well as two of the most common infections: Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health-care leaders,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance.”

About 800, or 30 percent, of the hospitals participating in the most recent Leapfrog survey received an “A.” In addition to UC Davis Medical Center, California hospitals receiving the top grade included UC Irvine Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center of Santa Monica, UC San Diego Health Hillcrest‒Hillcrest Medical Center, UC San Diego Health La Jolla‒Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and UCSF Medical Center / Moffitt-Long Hospitals.

To see UC Davis Medical Center’s full score and consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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