Local Sutter hospitals receive ‘A’ ratings from watchdog group

May 1, 2014


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Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, both part of the Sutter Health network. have earned an “A” grade in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.

“In our Sutter Health hospitals, medical centers, and physician offices, safety comes first, every time. We work hard to foster this culture of safety, using tools and techniques that help every one of us provide health care in the most professional, advanced and safe manner possible.” said Dr. Ash Gokli, Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region chief medical officer.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the United States. Its  hospital safety rating is peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“The Hospital Safety Score, and our A grade, is a reflection of the work we have collectively done to provide safe, quality and affordable health care for our patients. It takes the commitment of our entire team, working together, to provide our patients with the level of care they deserve. I am proud to be part of our wonderful Sutter Health team.” said Daryn Kumar, chief executive officer at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

“This is the fifth consecutive Hospital Safety Score report in which Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Memorial Medical Center have received an A grade. We are extremely focused on safety, and the scores reflect the hard work our nurses, physicians and staff put in each day to make sure our patients receive quality care in a safe and professional environment.” said David Thompson, chief executive officer of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.


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