San Ramon Regional Medical Center Earns Top Status In State For Outstanding Patient Safety & Health Care Quality
Recipient of the “Excellence in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Award” from Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA HealthCare, and United Healthcare Based on Results of The Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety Survey
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is one of 22 hospitals in California recognized for its outstanding commitment to health care quality and patient safety with a new award presented by four of the state’s leading health plans—Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA HealthCare, and United Healthcare. The award, “Excellence in Patient Safety & Health Care Quality Award,” is based on results from The Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety Survey.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is among the top 10 percent of the 216 hospitals statewide responding to the Leapfrog survey. Each of the winning hospitals holds a contract with three or more of the four health plans.*
“We take patient safety and health care quality very seriously,” said Gary Sloan, CEO, San Ramon Regional Medical Center. “This award is a reflection of the commitment of our doctors, nurses, and staff to put patient safety and quality care first.”
San Ramon Regional Medical Center received this recognition based on outstanding scores for instituting or making great strides in achieving The Leapfrog Group’s four hospital quality and safety practices. Based on independent scientific evidence, these quality practices are:
• Computer physician order entry—using computers to enter medication orders;
• Evidence-based hospital referral—choosing hospitals with extensive experience and the best results with certain high-risk surgeries and conditions such as coronary artery bypass, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and high-risk births;
• Intensive care unit (ICU) staffing by physicians experienced in critical care medicine; and
• The Leapfrog Safe Practices Score—based on the National Quality Forum-endorsed Safe Practices—which includes 27 procedures to reduce preventable medical mistakes.
Of these practices, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has fully met the ICU staffing and The Leapfrog Safe Practices progress measures. It meets two of the
evidenced-based hospital referral practices including CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) and percutaneous coronary intervention. In addition, it is in the process of implementing computer physician order entry. Cardiac surgeons have been performing heart surgery at the hospital since 2000.
This recognition is part of an effort by these participating health plans to reward and recognize hospitals for their patient safety and health care quality efforts.
“Reward programs work,” said Suzanne Delbanco, CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Mounting evidence shows that recognizing hospitals for their efforts helps drive improvements in health care, and creates an incentive for other hospitals to improve their patient care.”
San Ramon Regional Medical Center was presented with an award May 3, 2006 in San Francisco by the participating health plans.
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*Only those hospitals that contracted with three or more of the health plans ─ Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA HealthCare, and UnitedHealthcare ─ were eligible for this award. All of these hospitals have ICU intensivists on staff and achieved the highest level on the Leapfrog Safe Practices Score.