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Leapfrog Group Honors Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for being among the Safest Hospitals in the Nation

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital recently earned an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, recognizing the hospital for being among the safest in the nation.

The Leapfrog Group, which is an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, calculated scores for hospitals across the nation with assistance from the Hospital Safety ScoreSM as well as The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. Scores were created using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. Out of the 264 hospitals that received a grade in California, only 37 percent received an "A" grade.

"We are very proud to be recognized for our commitment to safety," said Gary Greensweig, DO, Chief Medical Officer for St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, which owns and operates Santa Rosa Memorial. "At Santa Rosa Memorial, we strive daily to provide care that is both 'perfect' and safe. Putting patients and their safety first is what we focus on each day."

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an 'A' and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first."

To see more information about Hospital Safety Scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

A 278-bed acute care hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial is the largest hospital in Sonoma County, offering the North Coast region's broadest range of expertise and scope of services. It is home to the region's Level II Trauma Center, which serves patients from Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Napa counties. For more information, visit http://www.stjosephhealth.org/.

About St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County, and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County is a not-for-profit provider of integrated healthcare, which is sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of the communities it serves. Entities include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, North County Hospice, St. Joseph Urgent Care Centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. The organization's more than 2,300 local employees offer residents of the Redwood Empire a spectrum of healthcare services. These include general acute care hospital services, Level II trauma services, urgent care services, health prevention and promotion, outpatient behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, home care, and community benefit programs that improve the health of our communities and the quality of life in Sonoma County and California's North Coast region.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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.

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