Cal Hospital Compare released its inaugural Patient Safety Honor Roll in December 2019 recognizing 77 hospitals with high safety profiles in comparison to other California hospitals.
The Patient Safety Honor Roll uses objective, publicly available patient safety measures to evaluate hospitals across a variety of domains including hospital acquired infections, adverse patient safety events, sepsis management, patient experience, and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Developing the criteria to identify high performing hospitals was an 18-month, multi-stakeholder process of rigorously evaluating existing national patient safety scoring systems and adapting them for the available measures and unique features of California hospitals.
While the Patient Safety Honor Roll is an excellent indicator of patient safety, Cal Hospital Compare (CHC) appreciates that measurement of patient safety is complex and there is no single validated method for measuring the overall safety of care provided in a given health care setting. Therefore, CHC recognizes hospitals excluded from this year’s Patient Safety Honor Roll are still capable of providing high quality care to patients. Bright spots in performance can occur in any area of a hospital and bright spots can exist even within hospitals with comparatively lower quality (example bright spots may include orthopedic surgery, maternity services, and cancer care).
- Fact Sheet w List of Honor Roll Hospitals_Patient Safety Honor Roll_2019
- Methodology Primer_Patient Safety Honor Roll 2019