For Immediate Release
November 7, 2019
Sierra Vista & Twin Cities Earn Top Grade in Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group
Tenet Health Central Coast features two of only five hospitals in California to receive an “A” rating every cycle since 2012
San Luis Obispo and Templeton, Calif.
– Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton were both awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, demonstrating the hospitals’ commitments to delivering safe, high-quality patient care to the Central Coast community.
Sierra Vista and Twin Cities have achieved consecutive A’s every reporting period since the ratings first came out in 2012 – only five hospitals in California, and 36 nationwide, have achieved straight A’s since 2012.
This designation recognizes Sierra Vista and Twin Cities’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Hospital Safety Grade is designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one. The Leapfrog Group assigns A, B, C, D or F grades to hospitals across the country based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
“Awards like this are a testament to the culture of safety and trust that we foster at our hospitals,” said Mark Lisa, CEO of Tenet Health Central Coast. “We do this by encouraging open communication across teams and systemic evaluations that we compare with nationally-recognized benchmarks for best practices. Indeed, patient safety is an intrinsic tenet of a Community Built on Care.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and the results are free to the public.
“This outstanding achievement shows longstanding commitment to a culture of safety that puts patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “For Tenet Health Central Coast hospitals, saving lives by preventing accidents, injuries, infections and errors is business as usual, and your community should be proud. We commend the staff, faculty, volunteers, leadership and board of directors for their never-ending quest for the highest standards of patient safety.”
To see both hospitals’ full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org
About Tenet Health Central Coast
Tenet Health Central Coast is an integrated healthcare system consisting of two acute care hospitals and several affiliated entities, including primary and specialty care, urgent care, outpatient imaging and laboratories across the Central Coast. The hospitals are Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, the county’s only designated trauma center, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, Calif. Among their numerous recognitions for quality and compassion, each hospital has earned an “A” from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in every reporting period since it was created in 2012, both are internationally recognized Baby-Friendly birth facilities and both have earned the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Tenet Health Central Coast serves many diverse communities throughout the Central Coast, enabling all that come through its doors access to quality, coordinated care and advanced specialty services at convenient locations.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group
is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.