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Petaluma Valley Hospital Receives “A” for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score

(Petaluma, Calif. – November 28, 2012) Petaluma Valley Hospital has been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, in which A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“The ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog for our hospital demonstrates our commitment to patient safety each and every day,” said Jane Read, Vice President of Operations at Petaluma Valley Hospital. “Providing high quality care and ensuring patient safety are always our top priorities. We are proud of this recognition and this tribute to the hard work of our doctors, nurses and hospital team.”

A year ago, the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of U.S. hospitals, also recognized Petaluma Valley as a top performer in key clinical quality measures. Petaluma Valley ranked among the top 7 percent of U.S. hospitals, based on adherence to evidence‐based processes that improve outcomes for patients receiving surgical care or treatment for heart attacks or pneumonia.

“Hospitals earning an ‘A’ for their Hospital Safety Score have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Petaluma Valley Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see the scores of Petaluma Valley Hospital as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at the same web address.

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).

Petaluma Valley Hospital is an 80‐bed acute and critical care hospital offering 24‐hour emergency and outpatient services. In addition, the hospital offers a variety of high quality services including a Day Surgery Center, Family Birthing Center, full service laboratory, CT, MRI and digital mammography, respiratory therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and telemetry.

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