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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 LarsenC2@sutterhealth.org

    Modesto, December 6, 2012 – MODESTO, CA – 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 A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score℠, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

    "We recognize the significance of receiving an 'A' score from the Leapfrog Group," said David Benn, President of Sutter Health's Central Valley Region. "The 'A' grade is the culmination of a tremendous amount of effort, by all of our care teams, to continually improve our processes to ensure we can provide patient care in a safe, professional manner."

    "Hospitals that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "I congratulate Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard."

    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 at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital's score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

    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).

    MMC and STCH received additional patient safety recognition in the month of November. They were both recognized as top performers in the Patient Safety First program, as a result of reducing instances of two types of hospital-acquired infections to zero - and for maintaining that standard for a full year from April 2011 through June 2012. The award was given by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California to celebrate the successes of top performers in the innovative program that uses regional peer-to-peer learning to accelerate the adoption of patient safety practices and strategies for improvement.

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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 nonprofit 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.