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Hospital head of class Special To The Star-news | Sat, Jul 14 2012 12:00 PM

Paradise Valley Hospital received an "A" grade by The Leapfrog Group in June for its Hospital Safety Score. Only 729 of the hospitals graded nationwide received an "A."

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The first annual Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel.

Using publicly available information, the panel graded more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on data that tracks preventable errors and medical complications, such as hospital-acquired infections and medication mix-ups. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, or Score Pending for their safety.

“Paradise Valley Hospital continues to consistently rank high in patient safety and quality reports,” said Neerav Jadeja, administrator, Paradise Valley Hospital. “These accolades, including our recent designation as part of the ‘Top 15 Health Systems in the Nation,’ are important to our patients and their loved ones because they let them know they are in the very best hands in San Diego County. We are proud that we are able to provide nationally recognized healthcare to (the) South Bay community.”

“We are committed to keeping our patients safe and for making safety information available to healthcare consumers,” said Dr. Prem Reddy, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services, Paradise Valley’s parent organization. “These high scores highlight the devotion and hard work by the physicians, nurses and staff at our hospitals to the highest standards of quality care in the nation.”

To see the hospitals’ scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

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