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St. Mary Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 24

By Francine Marlenée

St. Mary Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for patient safety as reported Nov. 28 by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Group uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score of A, B, C, D or F, which represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication error.

“Our staff and physicians have adopted many measures which contributed to this outstanding score,” said Thomas Salerno, St. Mary Medical Center President & CEO. “I have personally witnessed an ongoing commitment to compassionate and safety-focused care. I couldn’t be more proud of our employees, our medical staff, our leadership team, and our Community Board, and I’m appreciative of the incredible support from Dignity Health’s patient safety experts.”

Salerno added, “This news that highlights St. Mary Medical Center’s exceptional care should be welcomed by all employers, employees, health plans, and the Long Beach community at large.”

St. Mary Medical Center voluntarily participates in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey, which is considered the gold standard in transparent public reporting of hospital performance. To see St. Mary Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Scores website at

Other organizations that have recognized St. Mary Medical Center this year for top performance include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HealthGrades, the Joint Commission, and U.S. News & World Report.

According to Ardel Avelino, St. Mary Medical Center’s Administrative Director of Quality, the hospital’s quality programs and teams are central to the success the hospital has seen this year. They include a Rapid Response Team, which recognizes acute changes and takes immediate action; the ICU Team, which prevents adverse events including ventilator associated pneumonia and central line infections; the Red Team, a hospital task force that reviews adverse events that have occurred at other hospitals in order to test the safety and compliance processes at St. Mary Medical Center; the CMS Core Measures Engagement Program; and other patient safety initiatives. “These programs, together with a dedicated and professional team, have helped us to improve quality and patient safety year after year.”