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Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center Named Best for Maternity Care

February 24, 2021 - Kaiser Permanente hospitals are among the top hospitals in the nation for excellence in maternity care, according to Newsweek magazine’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 report.

In a partnership with The Leapfrog Group, Newsweek recognized 20 Kaiser Permanente hospitals — 12 in Northern California and 8 in Southern California — for earning top marks for providing safe, high-quality care to moms and their new babies. These Kaiser Permanente hospitals met Leapfrog’s rigorous standards for excellence in maternity care — including low rates of cesarean section, episiotomy (an incision to enlarge the vaginal opening for childbirth), and elective early delivery.

The elite designation was awarded to only 217 hospitals in the United States and 34 in California. Kaiser Permanente hospitals represent nearly 10% of those named to the prestigious list nationwide — and nearly 60% of those listed in California.

The Kaiser Permanente medical centers that received the Best Maternity Hospitals 2021 designation include Kaiser Permanente Antioch, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Los Angeles, Modesto, Ontario, Panorama City, Redwood City, Roseville, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, South Sacramento, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, and West Los Angeles.

Kaiser Permanente has always been ahead of its time when it comes to maternity care and childbirth. Innovative thinking, dedicated research, and expert physicians and care teams have enabled Kaiser Permanente to build and maintain its reputation for exceptional maternal and child care. In 2020, 113,000 babies were delivered at Kaiser Permanente hospitals.

In addition to meeting safety protocols, all honored hospitals must have earned either an A or B or no grade on the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. For more detail on methodology and a complete list of designated maternity care programs, visit Newsweek’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2021.

Kaiser Permanente Commits $100K to Help Remove Barriers for San Diego Communities of Color Striving to Achieve Good Health

SAN DIEGO—Jan. 18, 2021 Kaiser Permanente pledged $100K of grants this month to the San Diego-based nonprofit Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans to affirm the dignity of refugee families resettled in the greater San Diego area following humanitarian crises around the world.

"We’ve always worked on reducing inequity in our communities because we believe health care must be affordable for all — it’s a requirement for individuals, families, and communities to thrive,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager. “This initiative aligns to that effort because we’ve chosen to focus on providing grant money to uplift under-resourced communities and populations.”

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans’ goal is to advance realistic resettlement strategies for newcomer families that support investment in their long-term economic self-sufficiency.

“Kaiser Permanente’s belief in our advocacy for refugee families in San Diego is affirming of our values and priorities,” said Ramla Sahid, executive director for the nonprofit. “We are thankful for this grant. It will help amplify our voice and mitigate refugee families from being marginalized when it comes to economic, social, & civic inclusion. This grant will also facilitate a partnership with Pillars of the Community to work directly with black immigrant and African American populations in San Diego to promote community connectedness and wellbeing.

The grant is part of the $25 million commitment Kaiser Permanente announced in June to promote health equity and break the cycle of racism-driven stresses that lead to poor health outcomes for its members and communities. This round of grants supports established community-based organizations led by people of color, addressing racial and social justice or trauma, including the lifelong impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Kaiser Permanente was one of the first health care organizations to recognize the link between trauma and health through the landmark ACEs study they conducted along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. than to remove obstacles from struggling families in our own community seeking to achieve the true meaning of being treated equally today to build a more promising tomorrow,” noted Finley.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of communities by ensuring health access, improving community conditions for health and equity, and advancing the future of community health through innovation.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Takes Next Step in Vaccine Delivery

SAN DIEGO — Jan. 6, 2021 — Kaiser Permanente San Diego began delivering second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations this week for the first health care workers who met "Phase 1a" criteria for vaccination at their two hospital locations; the San Diego and Zion Medical Centers.

"This is a big milestone. We're encouraged by this protection for our workforce and await the arrival of additional vaccine that can be distributed per the CDC guidelines," said Dr. Michael Lalich, Kaiser Permanente San Diego's Area Medical Director. "We are committed to educating our communities about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. We want everyone to understand how getting a vaccine, along with the simple public measures already in place – wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing – will help to bring an end to this pandemic."

The hospitals are following the CDC distribution guidelines. The first group vaccinated, who are critical to maintaining health care capacity, were emergency medical service personnel working in our long-term acute care facilities, intensive care units, emergency departments, labor & delivery, and COVID units.

“This vaccine makes me feel hopeful that we’ll get everything turned around," said Sandra Ramirez, an emergency room nurse, after receiving her second dose. “In 20 years of nursing, I’ve never seen anything like this,” she noted when reflecting upon the number of people impacted by COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated can prevent individuals from contracting the virus. As important, it can also protect those around them from getting infected. Kaiser Permanente has decades of experience delivering vaccinations safely and efficiently and looks forward to getting a vaccine to all community members as supply allocations increase. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit

“I believe in the science and research of the vaccines, I did my own reading, and I trust the work done by the FDA,” remarked Ramirez. “Everyone is different, but pain-wise, the shots themselves were no big deal to me.”

Kaiser Permanente is committed to a safe, expedient, and equitable vaccination administration process. As the vaccine becomes more and more readily available, Kaiser Permanente will be working closely in partnership with public health officials to offer it to those who meet the criteria in each phase of the CDC guidelines.

Prevention & wellness

Kaiser Permanente San Diego is here to help you stay healthy and live your best life. There are many things you can do to take an active role in your prevention plan to stay healthy and thrive through all stages of life. Here’s a few to get you started.