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Kaweah Delta earns an “A” in hospital safety per the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades 

Kaweah Delta earns an “A” in hospital safety per the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades 

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VISALIA – Every patient and family member wants to feel as if they are in safe and capable hands when they go to the hospital. According to some of the latest ratings, going to Kaweah Delta is one of the safest places you could go. 

Late last month Kaweah Delta Medical Center earned an “A,” the top grade for patient safety in the spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The score provides a complete picture of how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

“This ‘A’ recognizes the improvements we have made in quality of care and patient safety,” said Edward Hirsch, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Kaweah Delta. “While we are proud of this honor, our goal will always be to improve for our patients.”

Kaweah Delta is one of the 30 percent of the 2,500 general acute care hospitals graded in the U.S. to earn an “A” in Leapfrog’s biannual grading which focuses entirely on hospital errors, accidents, injuries and infections, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Leapfrog assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to hospitals and of those graded, 30 percent earned an “A,” 28 percent earned a “B,” 35 percent earned a “C,” six percent a “D” and one percent an “F.” The safety grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. They are updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.

Sandra Volchko, Kaweah Delta’s Director of Quality & Patient Safety said the hospital is always evaluating best practices and implementing strategies to achieve the highest quality of care for patients. Those include efforts from the entire team, including everyone from doctors to nurses to pharmacists managing medications to housekeepers and facility staff working to keep the hospital clean and safe to prevent injuries and infections.

Kaweah Delta is a publicly owned community health care organization that provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and Tulare County. With over 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees, Kaweah Delta is committed to meeting the community’s health needs through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and specialized health centers and clinics. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org.

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