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Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Excels in Patient Safety, Awarded an 'A' in Spring, 2014 Hospital Safety Score

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2014
CONTACT: Blanca Andrade (626) 458-4787

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from errors, hospital acquired injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score was released and honored Alhambra Hospital Medical Center with an "A" - its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
"The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score recognition is representative of our commitment to delivering the highest level of quality patient care. Our entire staff, including the physicians, is dedicated to exceeding our patients' expectations by delivering outstanding and safe medical care to every patient, every time," said Iris Lai, Chief Executive Officer of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center. Alhambra Hospital Medical Center scored highest in many of the 28 measures, especially the ones pertaining to hospital acquired infections.
"Our team works diligently by developing protocols as well as engaging staff through education and training to ensure that our hospital has zero incidents on measures such as pressure ulcer, central line associated blood stream infections, and catheter associated infections," said Dr. Ngo Phan, Chief of Staff of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. James Wang, the hospital's Chief of Quality Improvement Committee and Physician Advisor of the Patient Safety Committee, also commented, "We're very pleased to receive the highest rating for patient safety in the latest Hospital Safety Score. As the Physician Advisor on the hospital's Safety Committee, my goal is to make sure our entire medical staff and team here at Alhambra Hospital Medical Center put patient safety at the top of the list each day."
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Alhambra Hospital Medical Center's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit 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.