UC Davis Medical Center has been honored again with an “A” grade on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score for its overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
Compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the score is based on an analysis of 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, including rates of infections, injuries and errors.
“Our goal is to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care and have the best possible clinical outcomes,” said J. Douglas Kirk, UC Davis Medical Center's chief medical officer.
“The Hospital Safety Score reflects our extraordinary commitment to patient safety and the hard work of our health-care team and staff.”
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned Hospital Safety Scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade.
UC Davis Medical Center also received the top grade for the last two reporting periods, announced by Leapfrog in April 2014 and October 2013.
Jennifer Rene Harmon Tegley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of throat cancer in October 2010. She was 17 years old.
“I can remember, it seems a little bit slow motion as the doctor described to us he was confident it was cancer. We were in the waiting room for a simple tonsillectomy,” said Jim Tegley, Jennifer’s father.
“She was amazingly courageous,” he continued. “She never once thought she wasn’t going to beat this. Not until the day she passed away.”
Jennifer died at the age of 18, less than one year after being diagnosed. Unfortunately, Jennifer is not the only member of the Tegley family who died too young. Jennifer’s cousin, Elizabeth Erica Harmon, passed away at the age of 30.
To honor the girls’ memory, the Harmon-Tegley family made a donation to name the lobby of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and to endow a faculty research position dedicated to clinical cancer research.