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Centinela Hospital Medical Center Earns "A" Rating for Patient Safety in Spring 2019 from The Leapfrog Group

05-21-2019

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 2019 biannual report card. This marks the 13th time within a seven-year period that Centinela Hospital has earned the top “A” rating since the inception of Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Scores in 2012.

Centinela Hospital Medical Center was one of only 20 hospitals within Los Angeles County (includes 103 acute-care hospitals) to receive an “A” rating for the Spring 2019 report card. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this ‘A’.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to more than 2,600 U.S. acutecare hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

"It is gratifying to have earned 13 ‘A’ ratings for Hospital Safety within the last seven 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 Mohammad Naser, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Centinela Hospital Medical Center. “We care about this community and dedicate ourselves to delivering the very best possible care for the residents of Inglewood and surrounding areas.”

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. In December 2018, the hospital opened its newly remodeled maternity unit, which includes 6 LDRP birthing suites, 11 private postpartum rooms, C-section operating room, triage area, and dual nursing stations in one central location. Further remodeling and expansion projects under construction include: more emergency department upgrades, radiology, hybrid cath lab, and pharmacy facilities.

To see Centinela Hospital's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in
the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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