Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors,
injuries and infections, the latest
Hospital Safety Score honored Torrance Memorial Medical Center with an "A" –
its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled
under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety
and is administered by
The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital
safety rating to be 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.
"Torrance Memorial is extremely proud to be recognized for its commitment
to the safety of our patients," said Craig Leach, president and CEO,
Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "Providing compassionate and safe
care to our patients is the highest priority for our dedicated team."
"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital,
because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety
Score. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the board, clinicians,
administration, and staff of Torrance Memorial Medical Center for achieving
an "A" and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients
your top priority."
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel,
the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C,"
"D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall
capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500
U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about
32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score
is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and
methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Torrance Memorial's score compares locally and nationally,
and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the
Hospital Safety Score website at
www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to
www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.