Friday, November 30, 2012

Sutter Hospitals in Sacramento Region Receive A’s for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

SACRAMENTO –Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region received straight-A’s today, as all six
hospitals in the region were honored with Hospital Safety Scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group,
an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or
F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and
infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading
experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect
themselves and their families.

“Our region places considerable focus on safety, whether it is the region-wide adoption of ceiling
lifts or following best practices and protocols for glycemic control, sepsis and central line-
associated bloodstream infections, to name just a few,” said James Conforti, regional president of
Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “The teamwork and skillful thinking of our clinicians
and staff have made such a great impact on patient safety. Their actions and disciplined approach
to applying best practices have made a real difference to our patients.”

The hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region, which all received A grades, are:
• Sutter Amador Hospital
• Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
• Sutter Davis Hospital
• Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes both Sutter General and Sutter
Memorial hospitals
• Sutter Roseville Medical Center
• Sutter Solano Medical Center

“Hospitals like these that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and
their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate
all of the Sutter hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region for their safety excellence, and look
forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region scores as they compare nationally and locally,
visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which also provides
information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital
stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert
Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from
infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer
(University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University),
Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick
Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus
(Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog GroupThe 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 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.

About Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra RegionSutter Health's Sacramento Sierra Region encompasses hospitals, physicians and outpatient
centers in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba
counties. It is a part of the Sutter Health family of not-for-profit hospitals and physician
organizations that share resources and expertise to advance healthcare quality. Serving more than
100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a pioneer in advanced patient safety
technology. For more information, visit the website at

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