UC Irvine Medical Center has been honored with a safety grade of A by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit created by employers and other large purchasers of healthcare benefits.

The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member expert panel, using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Based on 26 measures, U.S. hospitals are assigned an A, B, C, D or F.

“UC Irvine’s top priority is providing the highest-quality care and ensuring the safety of every patient we treat,” said Dr. William Barron, chief medical officer. “We are continually seeking ways to improve that care and the patient experience.”

“It’s our goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an A and look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest grade for putting patient safety first.”

A breakdown of UC Irvine’s score as it compares nationally and locally is available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how people can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

About The Leapfrog Group: The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows organizations to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest-performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated.

About UC Irvine Medical Center: Orange County’s only university hospital, UC Irvine Medical Center offers acute- and general-care services at its new, 482,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and is home to the county’s only Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. U.S. News & World Report has included UC Irvine for 11 consecutive years on its list of America’s Best Hospitals, giving special recognition to its urology, gynecology, kidney disorders and cancer programs.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

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