Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center is proud to announce that we have received our fourth consecutive Healthgrades® 'America's 50 Best Hospitals' Award™ for 2020, plus the designations as America's Best 100 Hospitals for Joint Replacement and Pulmonary Care.
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Woodland Hills Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Awards
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes our medical center’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. Additionally, in qualifying for the Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award, the medical center met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. “We are pleased to recognize Kaiser Permanente for its commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers across Southern California have received the Women’s Choice Award® as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience,” as well as receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards in specialty care, including: Best Stroke Care, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Breast Centers, and Best Bariatric Surgery. According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence up to 94% of family health care decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences to help them make the most informed health care decisions. Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Centers in Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Irvine, South Bay, and Woodland Hills were all named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. These medical centers along with Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles, Fontana, and Zion Medical Centers were named “America’s Best Hospitals” for the following specialties: Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center – Obstetrics and Stroke Care Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center – Obstetrics and Breast Centers Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center – Stroke Care Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center – Obstetrics and Stroke Care Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center – Stroke Care Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center – Bariatric Surgery, Obstetrics, and Breast Centers Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center – Obstetrics, Stroke Care, and Breast Centers Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center – Obstetrics The Women’s Choice Award® exemplifies that Kaiser Permanente listens to women and understands that their values and experiences are a critical component of care and the care of loved ones. Congratulations to all the teams across our region that make this possible!
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills and ten other Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California have received “A” grades for excellence in patient safety in the spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 national performance measures to produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Additionally, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Kaiser Permanente hospitals that received Leapfrog’s “A” rating in Southern California are located in: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Ontario, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego Zion, South Bay and Woodland Hills. In California, of the 256 hospitals on Leapfrog’s list, only 87 received “A” grades. Only 28% of non-Kaiser Permanente hospitals received an “A” grade. “We are very proud of this recognition, and we attribute these high marks to the staff and physicians who spend every day looking out for the health care needs of our 4.6 million members in Southern California,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals for Southern California. “Kaiser Permanente’s integrated patient-focused model provides the high-quality medical care and service our members and patients expect and deserve.” Dr. Edward M. Ellison, executive medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, echoed those sentiments. “These high marks are the result of Kaiser Permanente’s unwavering commitment to patient safety,” he said. “We believe in delivering the highest quality of care using the latest technology. Such care is delivered with warmth and compassion, and without compromising patient safety.”
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