Only one area hospital received a grade higher than a C on a recent national report card that evaluated patient safety — rankings that administrators say could be flawed because they were based on outdated information, some of which was four years old.
Since that time, administrators said their hospitals have made major improvements in patient safeguards.
Glendale Memorial was the only area hospital to get a B in the report by the Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group that focuses on quality healthcare.
The other hospitals — Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Verdugo Hills Hospital, both in Glendale, and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank — were each given a C.
Patricia Aidem, a spokeswoman for Providence St. Joseph, said that while the hospital appreciates “any kind of transparency,” she pointed out that some of the data used in Leapfrog's report date back to 2008, and since then, the hospital has started many safety practices, such as making sure a patient's bed has easy access to trays and buzzers to contact the nursing station.