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Sherman Oaks Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Sherman Oaks, California (December 14, 2020) – Sherman Oaks Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Sherman Oaks achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harms to patients in their care.

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Sherman Oaks Hospital has been consistently and actively demonstrating clinical excellence for many years. We are pleased to share this recognition from Leapfrog with our patients and community, as it demonstrates the dedication and performance of our team,” said EM V. Garcia, Administrator of Sherman Oaks Hospital, which is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems with 46 hospitals in 14 states. “This award validates our hospital’s mission and the outstanding teamwork exhibited to deliver each day on our commitment to quality, outcomes, patient safety, and clinical excellence. Our hospital has been awarded by Leapfrog with a Safety Grade of ‘A’ since 2018, I am very proud for achieving this safety recognition this is a true testament that our hospital does put patient’s safety first.”
 

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Sherman Oaks Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Sherman Oaks Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see Sherman Oaks Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

Sherman Oaks Hospital was also recognized by IBM Watson Health as a “100 Top Hospital” for the year 2020, 2019, 2017, and 2016 has highly rated programs and services that meet community need. “Our cardiac program involves a multidisciplinary team of clinicians utilizing the latest proven protocols for rapid response to heart attacks, featuring a multi-use combo laboratory with full cardiac diagnostic and interventional capabilities for life-saving cardiac and vascular procedures,” Garcia added. “The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing is also a key component of our patient safety strategy and specializes in comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Staff at the Center develop a personalized care plan using the most advanced healing techniques that get our patients back to a healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible — with care, concern, and compassion.”

About Sherman Oaks Hospital

Sherman Oaks Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, is a 153-bed, not-for-profit, acute-care community hospital located in Sherman Oaks, California. Staffed with over 500 employees and an extraordinary team of physicians, the hospital is recognized for advanced technology and compassionate care and provides 24/7 emergency care in addition to a full range of specialized medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to improve and save lives. Sherman Oaks Hospital is nationally recognized as a “100 Top Hospital” by IBM Watson Health. For more information, visit www.shermanoakshospital.org

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.