“Safety is our top priority and this ‘A’ recognizes that,” said Gary Herbst, CEO of Kaweah Health. “We are proud of this honor, but our goal will always be to continue to improve our performance for our patients.”
The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” or “F” grade to 3,000 general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections. , as well as the systems that hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Last fall, Kaweah Health raised its safety score from “B” to “A,” making the spring rating its second consecutive “A” rating. Adventist Health Hanford is the only other hospital in the valley to earn an “A” grade.
Kaweah Health performed better than most hospitals in the valley. In Tulare County, Adventist Health Tulare was not included in the survey while Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville received a “C.” Bakersfield Memorial received a “B” grade while Bakersfield Heart Hospital and Kern Medical Center both received a “C”. Madera Community Hospital, St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno and Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock all received a “C.” Delano Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Community Regional Medical Center declined to respond.