Kaiser Permanente Orange County Hospitals Earn Top Grade for Patient Safety

Monday, May 03, 2021

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Kaiser Permanente Anaheim and Irvine Medical Centers have received the prestigious “A” grade for excellence in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, which released ratings as part of its spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report. This report is a biannual scorecard of nearly 2,700 U.S. hospitals. 

"The health and safety of our patients and members is our top priority," said Mark Costa, senior vice president and area manager. “This past year has been unlike any other. We are very proud of this recognition, as it further exemplifies the continuous commitment of our physicians, clinicians, nurses, and staff to prioritize patient safety, even during these unprecedented times.”

Todd Newton, MD, area medical director, echoed similar sentiments. “Our physicians and care teams have an unwavering commitment to patient safety and medical excellence. Our consistently high rankings for safety are a testament to this commitment, and to the tireless dedication of our care teams and the staff and employees supporting them.”

Overall, 12 Kaiser Permanente hospitals received Leapfrog’s “A” rating in Southern California. They are: AnaheimDowneyFontanaIrvineMoreno ValleyOntarioPanorama CityRiversideSan DiegoSan Diego ZionSouth Bay, and West Los Angeles.

Additionally, 27 hospitals nationwide, including Anaheim Medical Center, have achieved 19 straight A’s since Spring 2012. 

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade more than two dozen performance measures to produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Kaiser Permanente is a gold-level Leaders Circle partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.


For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. 

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