Kaweah Delta Earns Third Consecutive "A" In Hospital Safety
VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Medical Center has earned its third consecutive
“A,” the top grade for patient safety in the latest Hospital
Safety Score released today. The score rates how well hospitals protect
patients from accidents, errors, and injuries, plus also considers patient
“This ‘A’ recognizes the consistent improvements we’ve
made in quality of care and patient safety. We’re proud of this
honor, but our goal will always be to improve our performance in the future
for our patients,” said Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of
Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
Kaweah Delta is one of 798 hospitals across the country who received As
in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score. A total of 2,571 hospitals
were assigned scores in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score Update.
were assigned a letter grade from A through F with rankings published at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Kaweah Delta was awarded As in Leapfrog’s
two most recent reports published in May 2015 and October 2015. The Visalia-based
hospital has raised its safety score through 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.
“It’s up to us to have processes in place, and we do, to make
sure that when patients come into the hospital they don’t leave
with something such as an infection or injury. We wouldn’t be an
‘A’ without those,” Volchko said.
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety,
compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety
experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent
industry watchdog. The 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.
Kaweah Delta’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm
within the hospital, according to Leapfrog.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel,
the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score. This score represents
a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable
harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full
analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the
website. To see Kaweah Delta’s score, visit