Scripps Earns Top Marks on Cal Hospital Compare Honor Rolls

Scripps receives recognition for opioid care, patient safety

Hospital staff receive highest levels of recognition for California opioid care and patient safety.

Scripps receives recognition for opioid care, patient safety

Cal Hospital Compare (CHC), a nonprofit organization that provides Californians with hospital performance ratings, has announced its 2024 statewide honor rolls for opioid care and patient safety, with Scripps Health earning top spots on both lists.

“Our teams work hard to continually improve patient care, and this recognition is just one more sign that we are succeeding in important ways,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “It’s rewarding to see an independent organization verify the exceptional level of care we provide for our patients.”

Opioid Care Honor Roll 

CHC named all four of Scripps Health’s hospitals to the sustained superior performance tier of this year’s Opioid Care Honor Roll. This is the highest possible category, available only to hospitals that have maintained a superior ranking for at least two consecutive years. Scripps’ four hospitals — Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista campuses) — are the only local health care facilities named to the sustained superior performance tier in 2024.

CHC invited all 347 California adult, acute-care hospitals to submit self-assessments to be considered for this year’s honor roll, with 157 of those hospitals participating. Self-assessments covered questions about four domains of care: safe and effective opioid use; identifying and treating patients with opioid use disorder; harm reduction strategies; and applying opioid management best practices that influence the success of the first three domains.

For this year’s Opioid Care Honor Roll, CHC named 30 California hospitals to the sustained superior performance tier; 25 to the superior performance tier; and 39 to the excellent progress tier. CHC recognized the remaining hospitals for performance improvement and program participation.

CHC recognized Scripps for taking a variety of approaches to address overuse of opioids among its hospital patients. In recent years, Scripps has decreased the number of high-dose opioids prescribed at discharge and reduced the number of opioid prescriptions that exceed seven days. It also has achieved strong usage of alternative pain management options, such as non-opioid medications, aromatherapy and music therapy.

Additionally, Scripps expanded its medication-assisted therapy programs at its hospital emergency departments, where physicians can administer medications such as buprenorphine as a bridge for patients with opioid use disorder until they can receive further care in the community. Scripps has experienced an increase in buprenorphine prescriptions in its EDs and a rise in prescriptions written for naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

Scripps also has added fentanyl testing to its standard multi-drug test panel administered to patients in its emergency departments. Such screening provides vital information to doctors and patients, who may not otherwise be aware an ingested drug contained fentanyl. This knowledge can lead to lifestyle changes, addiction treatment or a prescription for naloxone.

Patient Safety Honor Roll 

CHC named two Scripps hospitals — Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Green Hospital — to this year’s Patient Safety Honor Roll.

The 2024 Patient Safety Honor Roll recognizes 72 adult, acute-care hospitals with high safety profiles compared to other hospitals in California. Hospitals were evaluated using objective, publicly available safety measures across various domains, including hospital-acquired infections; adverse patient safety events; sepsis management; patient experience; and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Green Hospital both earned A grades from Leapfrog in spring 2024.

Scripps recently has undertaken several efforts to improve patient safety at its hospitals. Its model care approach is used in various hospital units and includes multidisciplinary care teams and standardized, collaborative processes, with the goals of enhancing efficiency and consistency and improving patient outcomes. And Scripps’ sprint teams and task force teams bring together representatives from across the Scripps Health system, including leaders from hospital and ambulatory locations, various care lines and front-line staff. These team members work together to address Scripps’ most challenging workflows, all within a collaborative team environment to implement change and solve problems.

Learn more about Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, Calif.

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