Rendering of Kaiser Permanente's new San Diego hospital. Courtesy CO Architects.
Rendering of Kaiser Permanente’s new San Diego hospital. Courtesy CO Architects.

Four hospitals in San Diego County received top scores in annual safety rankings released Wednesday by the Leapfrog Group, but others were found lacking in some areas.

The four to gain an A grade from the nonprofit organization that focuses on healthcare safety were the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Grantville, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside and UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The hospitals were judged in a variety of areas, including efforts to make surgery safer, infection-control, adequate staffing to deal with safety issues, and the use of standard safety procedures.

“At a time when more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals, Leapfrog believes that patient safety should be job No. 1 in every hospital, 24-7,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO.

“To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we’ve made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital’s previous safety record on the Hospital Safety Score website,” Binder said. “While patients should always reference a hospital’s current grade as the most important indicator of hospital safety, patients may also want to consider the hospital’s past record, to assess whether their hospital is making constant improvements or if the hospital has demonstrated consistent excellence.”

The hospital grades — present and past — are available online at

In other San Diego region grades, Alvarado Hospital in the College Area, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont Hospital received a B.

Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista, Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego received a C.

No San Diego area hospitals were among the 17 in the state that were given a D, or among the four statewide getting an F.

Nearly 43 percent of California’s 248 graded medical facilities received an A, which ranks seventh nationally. The Leapfrog Group gave letter grades to more than 2,500 hospitals in the United States.

City News Service