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Anthem Blue Cross Partners With California Regional Hospital Associations and The National Health Foundation To Launch an Historic Three-Year Statewide Patient Safety Collaborative
Date:1/19/2010

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross, along with California's three regional Hospital Associations, and the National Health Foundation, announced today that they are joining together in a three-year, 6 million dollar effort to improve the quality and consistency of care Californians receive. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center hosted the launch of Patient Safety First... a California Partnership for Health, a unique relationship that will save lives, improve the quality of medical care and reduce health care costs to make health care more affordable for the people of California.  

Leading the collaborative and present at the event were Leslie Margolin, President of Anthem Blue Cross; Art Sponseller, President/CEO, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; Steve Escoboza, President/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Jim Barber, President/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California and Gene Grigsby, President/CEO of the National Health Foundation. Hosting the event was Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Health System. In addition, present and actively supporting the ongoing efforts of the collaborative were representatives from the California March of Dimes leadership team.

The Institute of Medicine reports that as many as 98,000 patients in American hospitals die of avoidable medical errors each year. The human cost of these errors cannot be calculat
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SOURCE Regional Hospital Associations; Anthem Blue Cross
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