Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro Earn “A” Ratings for Patient Safety

October 31, 2017

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro earned the top grade for patient safety in a study released this week by a safety ratings company.

Weighing performances on safety measures at over 2,600 hospitals nationwide, The Leapfrog Group gave the hospitals “A,” rankings for patient safety. While the Torrance hospital has maintained its A ranking, this is a victory for San Pedro, which had received a C one year ago, improving to a B in April.

“We’re committed to the highest level of safety, a commitment by our physicians and our entire staff that is reflected in these top ratings,” said Mary Kingston, chief executive, Providence South Bay community. “Our two hospitals work closely together to share best practices to continually raise the bar on quality and safety.”

Leapfrog grades hospitals according to performance on a series of safety measures ranging from simple hand-washing to policies to guard against errors in surgery. Scores were based on 30 publicly reported measures, preventable hospital conditions such as infections, falls, medication mix-ups, pressure ulcers and other sources of harm.

The scores include numbers that experts use to compare hospitals. Publicly available data from the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, The Leapfrog Hospital Survey and secondary data sources, were weighted and then combined to produce a single, consumer-friendly composite score that was published as letter grades.

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score utilizes national performance measures from its own survey of member hospitals, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce a single composite score that represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. In addition, secondary data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey were used to give hospitals as much credit as possible toward their safety scores.
Providence Little Company of Mary is committed to safety, collaborating to share best practices, including safety procedures.

“Safety is a top priority – patients deserve to know they are safe in our hands. We continuously focus on ways to enhance safety for patients, visitors and one another by emphasizing the importance of speaking up and immediately addressing concerns,” said Richard A. Glimp, the Providence South Bay community chief medical officer.