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Centinela Hospital Medical Center Earns Straight "A" Rating for Patient Safety Five Years in a Row

11-07-2016

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – November 7, 2016 – Centinela Hospital Medical Center was 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. This marks the fifth year in a row that Centinela Hospital has earned the top “A” rating, making it one of only 72 hospitals across the country to have earned Straight A’s since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores in 2012.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 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. Thus, letter grades A, B, C, D and F are assigned to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"It is gratifying to have earned straight ‘A’ ratings for Hospital Safety for the last five years, as we take patient safety very seriously with a hospital-wide initiative that involves the integration of our multi-disciplinary healthcare team and other departments within the hospital to ensure we are earning this grade every day," says Linda Bradley, CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center. “Our doctors, nurses and staff work hard to earn our patients’ trust and provide the very best possible care to Inglewood and the wider Los Angeles area that Centinela Hospital has been serving for more than 90 years.”

“Earning Straight ‘As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to a hospital’s ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We thank Centinela Hospital Medical Center for being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients, and urge you to continue championing patient safety.”

Centinela Hospital’s dedication to the community it serves is evident by the $80 million expansion and renovation plans currently in progress. In May 2016, the Hospital completed a $55 million seismic retrofit project that included the unveiling of a new hospital front entrance, lobby, Admitting Department, and waiting area. Additional remodeling and expansion projects under construction include: Emergency Department, Maternal Services and Labor & Delivery, Radiology, and Hybrid Cath Lab.

To see Centinela Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Consumers also can follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook or download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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.

About Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Centinela Hospital Medical Center was founded in 1924 as Milton Hospital and since then has been serving the communities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. An award-winning facility, Centinela Hospital Medical Center is a 369-bed acute care hospital offering comprehensive, quality healthcare in a convenient, compassionate and cost-effective manner. The hospital offers a level III emergency department, orthopedic care, advanced cardiac services, peripheral artery disease treatment, and OB/GYN services in a caring and conducive environment. It is actively involved in improving the health of the community with programs designed to meet the needs of those that it serves. For more information visit www.centinelamed.com.

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