Care group gives Woodland Memorial Hospital a 'D' grade

Published: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B

Woodland Memorial Hospital on Wednesday received a "D" score from the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score rankings, a general measure of patient safety based on factors including preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

For the first time, the group's Hospital Safety Score handed out "D" and "F" grades to hospitals that it claims represent the most hazardous environments for patients in need of care.

Leapfrog said data for the ratings were "compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety."

Woodland Memorial, at 1325 Cottonwood St., is under the umbrella of San Francisco-based Dignity Health.

In the national study, Woodland Memorial scored under the average in areas that included falls/trauma, post-operative blood clots, collapsed lungs due to medical treatment and other indicators related to management structure and procedures designed to protect patients.

Dignity spokeswoman Melissa Jue released a statement on the low grade: "Dignity Health supports public reporting of a hospital's quality and we take seriously our responsibility to provide compassionate, quality care.

"Dignity Health remains concerned that the Leapfrog Group's approach oversimplifies the complex task of measuring and improving quality.

"Every day, our doctors, nurses, and other caregivers work together to provide excellent care."

Other in-state hospitals receiving low grades likewise reacted strongly to the Leapfrog results.

That included the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which received a failing grade for patient safety.

That grade prompted this response from Tom Rosenthal, chief medical officer at the Los Angeles hospital: "UCLA is not an 'F' hospital in quality and safety. It is not a fair scoring system and it does a disservice to the public."

Woodland Memorial's low grade spoiled an otherwise stellar showing among more than a dozen hospitals in the Sacramento area, most of which drew grades of "A."

Of the 2,618 U.S. hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 790 earned an "A," 678 earned a "B," 1,004 earned a "C," 121 earned a "D" and 25 earned an "F."

See all hospital scores at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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