MemorialCare Hospitals Get Top Safety Rating

San Clemente and Laguna Hills facilities each get an "A" from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.


MemorialCare Health System hospitals in O.C . — Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in  San Clemente and Laguna Hills and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley — have been given the highest rating from a nonprofit group measuring hospital safety.

Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and large purchasers of health benefits, gave each of the facilities an "A"; hospitals nationwide were rated with an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score. Leapfrog's panel measured hospitals' overall capacity "to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors," according to a MemorialCare news release.

“Hospitals like this that earn an "A" have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog Group president and CEO, who looks forward to the day "when all hospitals will match this standard.”

MemorialCare was recently honored as one of  27 businesses worldwide with the Gallup Great Workplace Award. Its hospitals have also been named “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report.

You can find other hospitals' Leapfrog Group safety scores by clicking here.

Bryne Leggett November 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It seems like a “publication” that touts itself as having a community centric focus, would have best served its community (Lake Forest) by at least listing all the "A" graded hospitals in the area that could potentially serve the community that this article targets as an audience. It's not like the list of "A" facilities was too long to include in the space provided. Why list a hospital in Fountain Valley instead of ones in Mission Viejo or Irvine? Since they were excluded from this article, I’ll pick up the slack…. Kaiser (Irvine), Mission Hospital (Mission Viejo & Laguna Beach Campuses) & Hoag Memorial (Newport Beach) all received an “A”.
Shirley November 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Excellent comment Bryne, the grades given by The Joint Commision are the ones that hold clout & the last time i looked Saddleback wasn't even graded & I don't know how they can skip state inspection.
Mercury November 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Saddleback Laguna Hills thus far has been an excellent hospital, as all three of my children were born there.


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