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Nearly 40% of California Hospitals Receive ‘C’ Grade or Lower for Patient Safety

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Technician Ryan Lindner prepares surgical trays for a procedure at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance in January. The hospital received a B grade in safety scores issued Wednesday. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Nearly four in 10 California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety in a new national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths.

The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, issued its latest scores Wednesday, it said, so consumers and employers can be aware of poorly performing hospitals before using them.

“There is absolutely room for improvement,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and chief executive, of figures showing that 37% of California hospitals received a C, D or F grade.

Grades were issued Wednesday to 2,523 U.S. hospitals, including 248 in California.

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