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Kaiser Permanente Celebrates Nurse History

SAN DIEGO — May 6, 2021 — Kaiser Permanente San Diego joins many across the nation this week in memorializing the vital contributions the nursing profession has made and continues to make in our health care.

“Our patients have always needed nurses’ strength and compassion but never on such a grand scale,” said Kerry Forde, chief nurse executive for Kaiser Permanente San Diego, when reflecting on the extraordinary year of challenges during pandemic operations. “I’m extremely proud of the ongoing role our nurses serve in providing care to others.”

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. A trailblazing figure during her time, Nightingale is revered as the founder of modern nursing. She is admired for her tireless efforts to improve hospital conditions and provide rounding care for the wounded under unenviable circumstances.

In a note to physicians and employees throughout the San Diego service area, senior leadership shared the sentiment of recognizing that nursing is more than a career – it's a calling to a lifetime commitment to care for the ill. “Our nurses skillfully combine critical thinking with a personal connection to deliver exceptional care to our members, patients, and the San Diego community.”

Kaiser Permanente San Diego is raising celebration to their nurses this week and month through a myriad of gratitude communications and gestures.

“We really can’t say thank you enough for the unwavering commitment demonstrated year-round by our nurses,” said Forde. “It is with extreme appreciation that I recognize their resiliency as they continue to put patients first, even as they had their own equally challenging personal anxiety and concern this past year.”

Kaiser Permanente San Diego nurses represent a very diverse group of San Diego communities. Their families live, work, and go to school throughout the area and have been impacted alongside other San Diegan families during COVID closures.

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Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

SAN DIEGO, CA - April 29, 2021 – The Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing our achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“This continued recognition shows that our hospital team members, including all physicians and staff, are meeting the highest standards for hospital safety and quality measures,” said Jane Finley, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. “Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of our members and our integrated, coordinated health care model puts the patient at the center of all we do.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego and Zion Medical Centers shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center were awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Earns Garfield Distinction

The Kaiser Permanente Rancho Bernardo medical office team was recognized as a high-performing care facility through demonstrated continuous improvement and sustained performance excellence.

“We strive to provide a positive experience for our members at every visit. This distinction helps us go further in instilling confidence in our members that they are receiving top-notch care every time,” said Michael Huff, medical office administrator for the Kaiser Permanente Rancho Bernardo site. “Our physicians and staff worked hard for this honor – I’m extremely proud of our team’s effort.”

The Garfield Distinction Performance Excellence Criteria was developed based on standards and guidelines from nationally accredited organizations, including the Malcolm Baldrige Framework, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Model, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Ambulatory Care.

The distinction focuses on six areas when measuring the performance of a medical office: leadership, care delivery, member engagement, knowledge of staff, workforce development, and operational work processes.

“The best way we can continue to deliver high-quality, affordable care for our members is by staying focused on measuring outcomes in our care environments,” said David Horton, chief administrative officer for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

Medical offices earn the Garfield Distinction after a thorough assessment by high-performing physician and administrative leaders from across Southern California, serving as evaluators.

The Garfield Distinction’s evaluation design elevates the operational performance of a medical office. Its name honors Dr. Garfield, whose commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and affordability laid the foundation for Permanente Medicine.

“The Rancho Bernardo medical office stands as a shining model for clinical operations and care experience,” said Horton.

Once earned, the Garfield Distinction is valid for three years.

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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.