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

04-27-2017

Streak Continues with Release of Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – April 27, 2017 – Centinela Hospital Medical Center was honored with
an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog
on hospital quality and safety, in its Spring 2017 biannual report card. This marks the fifth year
in a row that Centinela Hospital has earned the top “A” rating, making it one of only 63 hospitals
nationwide to have earned Straight A’s since the inception of Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Scores
in 2012.

Centinela Hospital Medical Center was one of only nine hospitals within Los Angeles
County to receive an “A” rating for the Spring 2017 report card.
“Straight ‘A’ hospitals are a rare breed,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The
Leapfrog Group. “Not only do they achieve the highest national standards for safety, but they
consistently maintain the level of excellence. We praise Centinela Hospital Medical Center for
being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients and applaud its ongoing diligence
and commitment to patient safety.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to
more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peerreviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"By earning our fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade for Hospital Safety it is clear that we take
patient safety very seriously at Centinela Hospital to earn our patients’ trust every day," said
Linda Bradley, CEO of Centinela Hospital Medical Center. “With Centinela being the only
hospital within our service area to a receive an ‘A’ rating for the Spring 2017 report card, thank
you to all our physicians, nurses, technicians, and staff who work together to consistently
provide high-quality care to Inglewood and the wider Los Angeles area. We are proud of this
achievement.”

Centinela Hospital’s dedication to the community it serves is evident by its $100 million
capital expansion and renovation plans. In May 2016, Centinela completed a $55 million seismic
retrofit project that included the unveiling of a new hospital front entrance, lobby, admitting
department, laboratory, gift shop, and administration offices. In March 2017, it opened its newly
expanded emergency room that includes 10,000 square feet of additional space to increase the
number of emergency room beds to 52. Further remodeling and expansion projects under
construction include: more emergency department upgrades, maternal services and labor &
delivery, radiology, hybrid cath lab, and pharmacy facilities.

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.

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