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    Press Release:
    Two Sutter Health Hospitals in the Central Valley Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score℠

    For more information, please contact:
    Catherine Larsen, Regional Marketing Director
    209-572-5900 or

    Modesto, June 20, 2012 – Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, both part of the Sutter Health network of Northern California hospitals, have been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score℠ by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

    The Hospital Safety Score℠ was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

    “This ‘A’ score and recognition from the Leapfrog Group is very important,” said David Benn, President of Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region. “It is valuable feedback, and keeps us focused on our efforts to continually improve our processes to provide patient care in a safe, professional manner.”

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

    To see Memorial Medical Center’s and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety Score℠ website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

    Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

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    About Sutter Health

    The Sutter Health Central Valley Region includes Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation care centers in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties. Sutter Health is a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.

    About The Leapfrog Group

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