UCSF Health Hospitals Earn National ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

Leapfrog Group’s highest rating in review of almost 3,000 Hospitals nationwide reflects excellence in patient safety practices.

By Elizabeth Fernandez

UCSF Health hospitals in Mission Bay, Parnassus Heights and Mount Zion have earned “A” ratings in the spring 2024 Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group, reflecting the gold standard of excellence in patient safety for U.S. hospitals.

Almost 3,000 hospitals nationally were assessed this spring by the Leapfrog organization, a national nonprofit watchdog that conveys its highest marks for excellence in protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The grades, which Leapfrog assigns as an A, B, C, D or F, are based on more than 30 measurements of errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have instituted to prevent them.

The elite designation was awarded to the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, and UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay also received an elite “Straight A” designation, reflecting five or more consecutive A ratings by the group.

Our clinicians and staff come to work every day with the single goal of providing the best care for every patient.”

Suresh Gunasekaran, Presdient and CEO of UCSF Health

“Our clinicians and staff come to work every day with the single goal of providing the best care for every patient,” said UCSF Health President and Chief Executive Officer Suresh Gunasekaran. “This recognition reflects that commitment and the excellence of the care they provide.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program that focuses exclusively on the preventable medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients daily, according to national statistics. The peer-reviewed grades are updated twice annually, in the spring and fall.

“Everyone who works at UCSF Health should be proud of this ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication at every level and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank UCSF Health, its leadership, clinicians, staff and volunteers, for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report, and has been named among the nation’s leaders in quality and safety across health care’s most highly regarded rating systems. It received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its quality of care, has achieved the gold standard “magnet recognition” for nursing excellence for more than a decade, and is listed among the top-performing academic medical centers in quality and safety by the health care performance improvement company Vizient, Inc.

About UCSF Health: UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, reflecting the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and pioneering research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is a top-ranked specialty hospital, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its graduate-level health sciences education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. Visit www.ucsfhealth.org. Follow UCSF Health on Facebook or on Twitter.