Kaweah Delta scores fifth consecutive “A” in hospital safety

 Kaweah Delta scores fifth consecutive “A” in hospital safety 

VISALIA, CA – Kaweah Delta Medical Center has earned its fifth consecutive “A,” the top grade for patient safety in the latest Hospital Safety Score. The score provides a complete picture of how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

 “Our medical and hospital staff have raised the bar,” said Edward Hirsch, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Kaweah Delta. “More importantly, this accolade confirms we have maintained the bar and we continue to make patient safety a priority. We must be persistent in our efforts to continually protect our patients.”

 Kaweah Delta is one of 844 hospitals out of more than 2,600 hospitals across the country that received A ratings in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score. The Visalia-based hospital raised its safety score from 2015 by implementing a variety of initiatives that educated staff about best practices for patient safety.

 “We have been consistent in maintaining our ‘A’ grade, by having a continuing focus on improving patient safety and implementing nationally recognized best practices,” said Kassie Waters, Quality Improvement Manager at Kaweah Delta.

 Kaweah Delta recently held its annual patient safety symposium on March 21, 2017, with over 300 healthcare professionals in attendance. The intended purpose of the symposium is to learn robust process improvement techniques from top national leaders, such as Dawn Allbee, MA, Joint Commission’s Director of Corporate Robust Process Improvement, who presented at the event.

 “We are always looking for ways to improve care to our patients,” said Sandra Volchko, Director of Quality & Patient Safety at Kaweah Delta. “We are continuously evaluating best practices and implementing strategies to achieve nothing but the highest quality of care for our patients.”

Volchko also shared how improving is a never ending team effort between all members of the care team - from doctors, nurses, pharmacists managing medications to housekeepers and facilities staff who keep the hospital clean and safe to prevent injuries and infections.

 Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, and fully transparent. The Hospital Safety Score offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. 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. To see Kaweah Delta’s score, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

 Kaweah Delta’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” Binder said. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a 581-bed district hospital. Kaweah Delta Medical Center is the only trauma center between Fresno and Bakersfield and was recently awarded four out of five stars in overall hospital quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and an A in hospital safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.