Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Awarded an "A" for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety ScoreSM


Washington, DC, June 6, 2012 -Alhambra Hospital Medical Center was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an 'A' and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first."

To see Alhambra Hospital Medical Center's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website,which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), AshishJha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, a 144-bed, fully accredited general acute care hospital with 24 hour emergency care, is dedicated to providing the highest quality, personalized and safe medical care to the community.

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Alhambra Hospital Medical Center has been ranked as one of the safest hospitals in California and the nation in a report issued recently by Consumer Reports, a national consumer organization. Alhambra Hospital received a score 64 points and was listed as one of the top six hospitals in California.

Consumer Reports rated hospitals for safety, using "the most current data available to us at the time of our analysis." The report includes information from government and independent sources in 1,159 hospitals in 44 states. Among the categories reviewed were infections, readmissions, communications and scanning. Alhambra Hospital Medical Center is a medium size hospital with 144 beds and 700 employees offering many special services, according to Iris Lai, chief executive officer of the hospital.

"We are a small community hospital with strengths and niche services," Lai said. She credited the high ranking for the hospital to the work of the owners, staff, doctors and communications with the community. Alhambra Hospital ranked higher than several other well-known Southern California hospitals, including Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena which was 16 points lower than Alhambra and LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, which received a score of 52. This is not the first time Alhambra Hospital has received national recognition. A report recently released by HealthGrades, "a trusted impendent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings," gave the institution a five star ratings in several categories and top ranking nationally. Alhambra Hospital is located at 100 South Raymond Avenue in Alhambra.

In the hospital website, Ms. Lai stated, "these special awards are a representation of the commitment our team has towards providing the best possible care to our community,"

While Alhambra Hospital received a score of 64, the top ranking for California hospitals was 68 points for the Bakersfield Heart Hospital in Bakersfield.

Other local hospitals received favorable scores, but were not among the top rankings.

San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in San Gabriel received a safety score of 48 points. Beverly Hospital in Montebello received 43 points. Greater El Monte Community Hospital got 36 points. Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park scored 33 points. The lowest score given to a California hospital was 25 points for Hanford Community Medical Center in Hanford.

The entire article and table of scores by Consumer Reports can be seen in the August 2012 edition of the Consumer Reports magazine. Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization that provides evaluations of consumer products and services.