Florida Hospital North Pinellas Earned an “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

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The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts, administered by The Leapfrog Group.

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Florida Hospital North Pinellas is proud to receive an “A” grade in patient safety for the fifth consecutive semester

Florida Hospital North Pinellas earned an “A” grade for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group 2015 Fall hospital safety score. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Florida Hospital North Pinellas is proud to receive an “A” grade in patient safety for the fifth consecutive semester,” said Bruce Bergherm, President & CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “Patient safety is a top priority for our hospital and staff, and we are happy to be recognized for our continued success.”

Florida Hospital North Pinellas’s “A” grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 US general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital and methodology used in determining grades on the website.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located at 1395 South Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs, and specializes in cardiovascular medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedics, primary care, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas will also be opening a free standing emergency room in Palm Harbor in the Fall of 2016. The new 24-bed facility will be a full-service emergency room (ER) providing emergency care 24- hours a day, seven-days-a-week. The ER will be staffed with physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine, and will also include on-site X-ray, ultrasound, CT-scan, and laboratory services.

The community can also review their hospitals past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement. To see Florida Hospital North Pinellas full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook, Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About Florida Hospital North Pinellas
Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located in Tarpon Springs, is a 168-bed, full-service hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and The Leapfrog Group, for excellence in providing quality patient care. Florida Hospital North Pinellas serves both the Pinellas and Pasco communities of West Central Florida. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHNorthPinellas.com.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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