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January 20, 2010 > Hayward Hospital Recognized

Hayward Hospital Recognized

Submitted By Johnny Ng

The Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center is one of 45 hospitals in the nation to be named a "Top Hospital" by the Leapfrog Group for delivering the highest quality care in the nation while attaining the best levels of efficiency.

Many of the largest employers in the country are members of Leapfrog Group, an organization made up of many of the largest purchasers of health care benefits in the U.S. Those employers joined together more than a decade ago to encourage the health care delivery non-system in the U.S. to make improvements relative to both quality and efficiency.

Kaiser Permanente Hayward Hospital was chosen from more than 1,200 hospitals in the annual Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey, a voluntary program that publicly reports quality and safety initiatives, thus allowing consumers and purchasing organizations to make informed health care choices.

"This year, for the first time, hospitals had to demonstrate not only top quality, but also efficiency," said Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente in southern Alameda County. "That means the Hayward Medical Center hit the mark in areas such as medication error prevention and preventing ICU deaths while using resources wisely."

In addition to the Hayward Hospital, five other Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California were recognized, including those in Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Bellflower/Downey, Sacramento, and South Sacramento.

"This is a major accomplishment that was achieved through the hard work of our physicians, nurses and staff," said Barry Scurran, DPM, Physician-In-Chief of Kaiser Permanente in southern Alameda County. "It is also a reminder of the strengths of our integrated health care system - now being lauded as a model for health care reform - where our medical group, health plan and hospitals work together."

The Leapfrog survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues including mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices, and measures of efficiency. Stringent standards for the award include implementing computerized physician order entry, which has been shown to reduce medication errors by up to 85 percent; meeting performance standards for complex, high-risk procedures; and meeting standards for staffing the ICU, shown to reduce mortality by 40 percent or more.

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