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Encino Hospital Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Encino, CA (May 10, 2022) – Encino Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Sherman Oaks Hospital as among the top in the nation in protecting patients from preventable harm and errors in the hospital.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Encino Hospital Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

This is the 2nd time that Encino Hospital Medical Center has been awarded an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group. The hospital received its first “A” last Fall of 2021, a true testament to its continuing commitment to hospital safety and exceptional care.

“I am pleased to announce that Encino Hospital Medical Center once again has received an “A” for patient safety for the 2nd time, and I am very honored of our healthcare team for consistently demonstrating clinical excellence throughout the years,” said EM V. Garcia, Chief Nursing Officer and Administrator of Encino Hospital Medical Center, which is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our patients, and our incredible team of providers, employees, and support staff works tirelessly to ensure our hospital is a safe place to come for care,” Garcia added. “We have faced certain challenges during the previous years, but these dedicated individuals have continued to make patient safety possible to protect our patients from preventable errors, injuries, and infections. A recognition that can be attributed in part to our team’s ability to recognize and meet the changing needs of our community through our specialty services and programs.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see Encino Hospital Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

About Encino Hospital Medical Center

Not-for-Profit Encino Hospital Medical Center, part of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, is a 150-bed state-of-the-art hospital located in Encino, California. Its multi-disciplinary staff consists of 330 physicians and 520 professional support staff. Encino Hospital Medical Center serves a diverse population and incorporates elements of urban and suburban medicine in a caring environment. It offers a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is consistently at the forefront in providing innovative and integrated healthcare. For more information, visit: www.encinomed.org

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