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MCH receives an ‘A’ for patient safety

For The Madera Tribune

Madera Community Hospital Chief of Staff, Kanwal Singh, MD, celebrates an “A” from The Leapfrog Group. our “A” from the Leapfrog.


The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm. The Leapfrog Group grades more than 2700 hospitals. Madera Community Hospital was one of only 93 hospitals awarded an “A,” in California in the report released April 29 for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards. Among California Hospital’s receiving an “A” grade include the Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angles, Stanford hospitals in Stanford and Pleasanton and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

“The Leapfrog “A” grade is evidence of the safety our patients expect, deserve and receive when choosing Madera Community Hospital,” said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive Officer of Madera Community Hospital. “The second “A” in the past three years demonstrates our relentless focus on safe patient centered care.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures including rates of preventable errors, injuries and infections as well as the systems adopted by hospital’s to improve patients safety. The Safety Grades are based on peer-reviewed methodology, calculated by top patient safety experts are 100 percent transparent and free to the public.

“My colleagues and I work diligently to ensure exemplary patient safety outcomes and are pleased to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group,” said Kanwal Singh, MD, Cardiology, Chief of Staff at Madera Community Hospital. “We strive for continual process improvement resulting in safe, efficient patient care.”

“Recognition from The Leapfrog Group attests to our commitment to patient safety from our Medical Staff, all Employees and the Board,” said Deidre daSilva, Chairperson of the Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees. “I am inspired by the diligence of our workforce, especially during the pandemic, for keeping patient safety a priority at Madera Community Hospital.”


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