Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score
Kaweah Delta Medical Center earned its fourth
consecutive “A,” the top grade for patient safety in the Fall 2016 Hospital Safety
Score. The score provides a complete picture of how well hospitals protect
patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. 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. Clinical leadership and frontline staff implemented best
practices to reduce surgical
complications. Additionally, staff members have continued safe practices
such as work to prevent hospital acquired infections, pressure ulcers, falls
and more, said Sandra Volchko, Director of Performance Improvement and Patient
Safety at Kaweah Delta.
Kaweah Delta Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation's leading organization for accreditation and certification of healthcare organizations. This accreditation is awarded for three years. After that, Joint Commission surveyors conduct an unannounced survey of accredited healthcare organizations a minimum of once every 39 months (two years for laboratories) to evaluate standards compliance.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service
Kaweah Delta Medical Center has earned the
highest overall hospital quality rating among hospitals in Tulare and Kings
counties and the second-highest rating among hospitals in Fresno County
according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The star ratings, released by CMS in October 2016, range from one to
five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed overall on up to 64
quality measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as
heart attacks or pneumonia. The most common rating is three stars. The overall hospital rating was first
released in August by CMS. Since that time, Kaweah Delta improved its star
rating from three to four stars and was the only hospital in a 50-mile radius
to improve its star rating. To see the overall star ratings of other hospitals, click HERE.
Kaweah Delta Medical Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. The AAGL promotes minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction+®
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction+ facility. This is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care. Facilities recognized for distinguished clinical care and processes are designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care in key specialty areas including cardiac and orthopedic care. Blue Distinction Centers+ not only meet the same quality criteria as Blue Distinction Centers, but they also go a step further. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Center+ designation are also measured on how efficiently they deliver this high-quality patient care.
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a Foster G. McGaw Prize winner. The prize honors health delivery organizations (hospitals, health systems, integrated networks, or self-deﬁned community partnerships) that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. It is one of the most coveted, signiﬁcant honors in health care.