MemorialCare Earns Top Honor from Patient Safety Movement Foundation

The health system is one of a handful to win the award since it was implemented in 2018

Fountain Valley, CA

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has presented MemorialCare with its highest honor, the 5-Star Hospital Award, in recognition of MemorialCare’s steadfast commitment to patient safety and quality of care. The award was presented by PSMF founder Joe Kiani to MemorialCare President and CEO Barry Arbuckle during a ceremony at MemorialCare headquarters. “We are incredibly proud of the leadership that MemorialCare has taken in the area of patient safety,” Kiani said, “and hope that other hospitals will be inspired by MemorialCare’s bold commitment to action.”

PSMF’s 5-Star hospital program began in 2018 and MemorialCare is one of only six health systems across the United States to receive the award.  “Patient safety and quality of care are always top of mind and top of heart at MemorialCare,” said Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D., president and CEO, MemorialCare. “I commend the incredible work PSMF is doing to bring together health systems, healthcare technology companies, patient advocates and others to dramatically improve patient safety.”

Implementing Safety Solutions

Kiani, who is also the founder of Masimo, an Irvine-based company that develops and manufactures noninvasive monitoring technologies, medical devices and sensors, established PSMF in 2012 with the goal of reaching zero preventable patient deaths.

PSMF has established evidence-based Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) that provide specific, proven processes to help hospitals prevent medical harm. Written by teams of experts in their respective fields, APSS include creating a culture of safety, patient blood management, early detection and treatment of sepsis, neonatal safety and more. More than 4,710 hospitals in 50 countries have implemented a number of the APSS developed by the PSMF workgroups.

“We know that implementing the APSS, as part of a comprehensive patient safety program, helps hospitals eliminate preventable deaths,” said Kiani. “By implementing the APSS, MemorialCare has shown an incredible commitment to eliminating the leading causes of preventable patient deaths.”

“This award is a testament to our outstanding team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers” said Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., chief transformation officer, MemorialCare.  “It is their dedication and commitment to best practices and our bold goals for safety that allows MemorialCare to provide the highest levels of care to our community each day.”


About MemorialCare
MemorialCare, a nonprofit health system, listed among the nation's Best Health Systems and Best Workplaces, has over 200 care locations including leading hospitals—Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach; MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health, imaging, surgery, urgent care, breast health and dialysis centers throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

Each year, more than 200,000 people die unnecessarily in U.S. hospitals. Worldwide, 4.8 million lives are similarly lost. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global non-profit that offers free tools to help achieve ZERO preventable deaths from hospital errors.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce the number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. PSMF’s World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit brings together the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. Our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) provide evidence-based processes to help hospitals eliminate errors. Our Open Data Pledge encourages healthcare technology companies to share the data for which their products are purchased. Visit patientsafetymovement.org.

For more information about how to become a 5-Star Hospital, please visit patientsafetymovement.org/partners/5-star-hospital-program/.


Media Contacts

Tanya Lyon
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Phone: (949) 351-2858
Email: tanya.lyon@patientsafetymovement.org