John Muir Health’s Medical Centers Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group for a Second Consecutive Year

John Muir Health’s Medical Centers Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group for a Second Consecutive Year

John Muir HealthBen Drew, 925-947-5387

The Leapfrog Group, an independent coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health benefits, has honored John Muir Health’s Concord and Walnut Creek medical centers with an “A” Hospital Safety Score for the second year in a row. The grades are given based on hospitals’ overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors.

“Our patients trust John Muir Health to provide them with the highest quality health care services, safely,” said , M.D., chief medical officer at John Muir Health. “This Safety Score truly speaks to the hard work and dedication of our skilled physicians, nurses and staff to continuously improve hospital safety, provide clinical excellence and always put the needs of our patients first.”

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores are calculated under the guidance of an expert panel, which includes representatives from a number of institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, John Hopkins and UCSF, using 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. It is the only peer-reviewed hospital rating system in the United States.

Of the 2,514 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 780 earned an “A,” 638 earned a “B,” 932 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D” and 16 earned an “F.” In California, 35 percent of hospitals received an “A” grade. Scores can be viewed on the Hospital Safety Score website, .

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of 950 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including the county’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. The health system also offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient, lab and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit .

The Leapfrog Group () is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.