Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Fresno this week received the top grade in an annual safety report for limiting patient injuries, reducing medical errors and preventing infections.
The medical center received an "A" from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit supported by large companies that buy health care. The group examined and graded more than 2,500 hospitals throughout the country and assigned letter grades from A to F for safety records.
Adventist Medical Center - Hanford, Clovis Community Medical Center and Saint Agnes Medical Center received B's. Community Regional Medical Center got a C. Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia and Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville received C's. The Tulare Regional Medical Center got a D.
Madera Community Hospital got an F.
The Madera hospital disputed its grade. In a written statement Thursday, the hospital said that several measures used by Leapfrog were not accurate. In addition, the group analyzed numbers in 28 categories, but information for Madera in eight categories was not available.
The hospital "staff is in the process of completing a review of the rest of the data to ensure its accuracy. Based on comparative scores, we believe MCH would have been given a much higher grade if these scores were correct," the hospital said.
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