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SVMHS Rated "A" For Patient Safety

Salinas, CA, October 28, 2013 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is receiving national recognition for its commitment to patient safety. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization has awarded SVMHS an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreTM .

“Of all the quality care awards and advanced accreditations we receive at Salinas Valley Memorial, patient safety is at the core of our service,” says Pete Delgado, president/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “Our physicians and entire clinical staff put a priority on patient safety. It requires vigilance and unending focus on this top priority to ensure patient safety.”

The study analyzes 2,539 general hospitals nationwide and 255 in California, including SVMHS. The Fall 2013 Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades. Nationwide, 42% of hospitals receive a “C” grade or below.

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, with a fully transparent methodology analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety. For more information about the A score received at SVMHS or to view the list of state rankings, visit

About Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is an integrated network of health care programs, services and facilities. At the core of the System is an acute care, public district hospital licensed for 269 beds.  Several distinct specializations and programs at SVMHS include the Regional Heart Program, the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit operated in partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Joint Replacement Center, Regional Spine Center and Sleep Medicine Center.  Salinas Valley Memorial features advanced imaging and diagnostic tools, including the Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging and the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. Salinas Valley Memorial employs more than 1,650 people; its medical staff includes 297 board-certified physicians across a range of specialties.  For more information, visit


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