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April 26, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - East County hospitals ranged from A to C grades, according to the Hospital Safety Score  assessed by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group for hospitals nationwide.

In our inland region, Kaiser Permanente scored an “A” rating. Sharp Grossmont received a “B” rating, while Alvarado Medical Center only managed a “C” grade.

Countywide, other “A” ranked hospitals included Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and Tri-Center Medical Center in Oceanside.

The worst rankings in San Diego County, all “C” grades, went to Sharp Memorial, Paradise Valley, and Alvarado.

But those are still better than the national average, and in some categories, even the “C” ranked hospitals scored high.

At Alvarado, the issues identified primarily dealt with communicating information about medication, as well as bed sores and certain infections. Kaiser, despite its “A” rating, could use improvement on communications about discharge but got the highest possibly rating for its computerized prescription system to reduce medication errors.  Grossmont’s issues were primarily in communications as well as handling of some serious breathing issues. 

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