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 Fall 2019 biannual report card. This achievement marks the 14th time within an eight-year period that Centinela Hospital has earned the top “A” rating since the inception of Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades in 2012.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center was one of only 22 hospitals within Los Angeles County (includes 103 acute-care hospitals) and one of five hospitals in the South Bay area to receive an “A” rating for the Fall 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.
“’A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this ‘A’.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.
“It is gratifying to have earned 14 ‘A’ ratings for Hospital Safety within the last eight 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 more than $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 addition to a 28-bed new telemetry unit. 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.
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.