In recognition of its safety and care practices, Pleasanton's Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare has received an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group -- a national nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality -- in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade Report.
Stanford-ValleyCare achieved the organization's highest rating based on the performance of its administrators and staff in preventing medical errors, infections and other harmful occurrences among patients in their care, according to Leapfrog.
"Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare is deeply committed to patient safety," hospital president Scott Gregerson said in a statement. "I am continuously amazed by the exceptional dedication demonstrated by our team, which I am privileged to support. We are pleased to be recognized with this A grade."
Out of the 28 criteria hospitals were graded on -- such as responsiveness of staff, surgical site infections and patients falling -- Stanford-ValleyCare received an above-average ranking on 21 of the measured safety criteria.
The Pleasanton hospital received an average score in one category (accidental cuts and tears) and below-average in six criteria, such as infections in the urinary tract, prevention of bed sores and air or gas bubbles appearing in a patient's blood, according to the nonprofit.
In all, more than 2,600 hospitals were ranked from grades A to F. Stanford-ValleyCare was one of 855 hospitals across the United States to have earned the Leapfrog Group's A ranking in the fall 2018 update of grades.
"Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors."
To view Stanford-ValleyCare's full grade details and to access tips for staying safe in a hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.