Three area hospitals win top Leapfrog safe health care ratings

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Temecula Valley Hospital is one of three area hospitals receiving an A grade in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Three Riverside County hospitals won “As” from the nationally recognized spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide for their outstanding efforts in providing safe health care.

Named are the Temecula Valley Hospital in Temecula, the Kaiser Permanente’s Riverside Medical Center and Moreno Valley Medical Center in Leapfrog’s spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The safety grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harm to patients.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

“We are very proud that both Riverside Medical Center and Moreno Valley Medical Center have earned the highest grade achievable for patient safety,” Vita Willett, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals for Riverside County, said. “This recognition reflects our team’s daily commitment to prioritize patient safety and put member well-being at the heart of everything we do.”

Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities they serve. The group currently serves 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers.

Expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and community support. To learn more about the hospitals, visit

Temecula Valley Hospital was also given the “A” rating by Leapfrog Group for their outstanding work in keeping their patients safe and providing the best of services.

“During this unsettling time, our health care team has been working so hard to care for our community,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “Getting an ‘A’ grade for hospital safety is the positive news we all needed to hear. It reiterates how special our team is at Temecula Valley Hospital. I am proud that our staff and physicians know that safety is a number one priority, especially with everything that is happening in the world around us.”

Temecula Valley Hospital, with a 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents featuring 140 private patient rooms. Temecula Valley Hospital is the first Universal Health Services Hospital Emergency Department in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians as a geriatric emergency department.

Temecula Valley Hospital specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general and surgical specialties and orthopedics as a recent Blue Distinction Center Designation for quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and seven “A” grades for patient safety.  For more information, visit

Leapfrog expressed gratitude.

“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “We hope this ‘A’ rating helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for the Temecula Valley Hospital, Riverside Medical Center and Moreno Valley Medical Center. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

To see full grade details for the hospitals and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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