Florida Hospital Tampa is Rated Highest for Surgical Safety in Tampa Bay

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Florida Hospital Tampa is proud to receive the highest surgical safety rating in Tampa Bay for overall surgical safety by Consumer Reports.

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Consumers who perceive hospital quality based solely on reputation scores may have a very different experience and outcome as a patient.

Florida Hospital Tampa is rated highest for overall surgical safety in the Tampa Bay area based on surgical mortality and length of stay data for 27 common surgeries by Consumer Reports. The Consumer Reports Surgical Safety rating is based on Medicare data from 2009 to 2011.

“Our ranking in the September 2013 Consumer Reports Surgical Safety Ratings report is significant because it’s a third party rating based on objective data and not a ‘perceived reputation’ rating. In contrast, other hospital quality surveys are based in part or entirely on reputation generated survey scores. Consumers who perceive hospital quality based solely on reputation scores may have a very different experience and outcome as a patient. We applaud Consumer Reports commitment to providing patients and their families more transparency with regards to hospital quality,” said Dr. Anthony Schuster, MD, Chief Patient Safety Officer of Florida Hospital Tampa.

The Surgical Safety Ratings report highlighted a few notable findings including that teaching hospitals were no better than other hospitals for hip, knee and back surgeries; and that scoring high in one procedure is no guarantee of success in others. The Consumer Reports Surgical Safety Ratings looked at results for 27 categories of commonly scheduled surgeries which combined into an overall surgery rating. The rates are risk-adjusted based on patient characteristics, such as age, gender, and other health conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The report looked at how high-volume hospitals in each state compare in avoiding adverse events in Medicare patients during their hospital stay for surgery. The Ratings are based on the percentage of a hospital’s surgery patients who died in the hospital or stayed longer than expected for their procedure. “The surgery ratings will help an ongoing effort to shed light on hospital quality. Because patients and their families shouldn’t have to make such important decisions with so little information,” said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.

“The Consumer Reports rating reinforces our commitment to elevating health care in our community which includes providing patients with the highest level of quality and safety while in our care,” said John Harding, CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. To learn more about “Your Safer-Surgery Survival Guide” please visit: http://www.ConsumerReports.org/HospitalRatings.

About Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, pulmonology, oncology, endocrinology, bariatrics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

About Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute
Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is a free-standing cardiovascular institute providing comprehensive cardiovascular care with over 76,000 angioplasty procedures and 11,000 open-heart surgeries in the Tampa Bay region. Leading the way with the first accredited chest pain emergency room in Tampa Bay, the institute is among an elite few in the state of Florida chosen to perform the ground breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure and LARIAT procedure. It is also a HeartCaring designated provider and a Larry King Cardiac Foundation Hospital. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), are exploring and conducting leading-edge research to develop break-through treatments long before they are available in most other hospitals. To learn more, visit http://www.FHPepin.org

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