Florida Hospitals in West Florida Division Recognized Nationally for Top Performance in Patient Safety and Quality

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Seven hospitals in the Tampa Bay Area and Heartland Region received top grades by the prestigious Leapfrog Group; Florida Hospital Carrollwood and Florida Hospital North Pinellas earned the title of Top General Hospital and Florida Hospital Wauchula was named Top Rural Hospital

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“We are proud of the work that our teams are doing at each of our hospitals to provide exceptional and safe care to our patients," said Dr. Robin McGuinness, Senior Executive Officer of Patient Outcomes, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division.

Florida Hospital locations in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties were all awarded top scores for patient safety and quality from the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization. The Leapfrog Group also named Florida Hospital Carrollwood and Florida Hospital North Pinellas as Top General Hospitals, two of only 45 hospitals in the U.S. to receive this designation. In addition, Florida Hospital Wauchula was named Top Rural Hospital, one of only 18 hospitals in the country to receive that recognition.

The award for Top General Hospital and Top Rural Hospital assures patients they are at a hospital with better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and high-risk procedures, and lower readmission rates.

“The Top Hospital award highlights American hospitals that are providing the highest quality of care to their patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “We’re encouraged to see hospitals across the country and within diverse communities earn this distinction. All patients, no matter who they are and where they are, deserve access to this level of care, and it’s our hope that all hospitals strive to better serve their local communities.”

Hospitals do not have to participate in this survey, but Florida Hospital chose to voluntarily submit data as a commitment to be transparent with patients and educate them on the quality and safety of the hospital. According to the Leapfrog Group, patients should be concerned if their local hospital does not participate in the survey.

“We are proud of the work that our teams are doing at each of our hospitals to provide exceptional and safe care to our patients," said Dr. Robin McGuinness, Senior Executive Officer of Patient Outcomes, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division. “We will continue on this journey of patient safety and will work to follow the guidance that The Leapfrog Group sets as the standard for safe practices,”said McGuinness.

The Leapfrog Group also released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades and seven hospitals that participate in the survey in the Florida Hospital West Florida Division received top scores of A or B. Leapfrog, through the safety grade results, assigns a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

The grades for the Florida Hospital West Florida Division are as follows: Florida Hospital Carrollwood - A, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Lake Placid – A, Florida Hospital North Pinellas – A, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel – A, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Sebring – B, Florida Hospital Tampa – B, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills – B .

“Florida Hospital is committed to delivering compassionate, inspired health care by the very best medical experts using the most advanced medical equipment,” said Mike Schultz,
President and CEO, Florida Hospital West Florida Division, “and that commitment to the very best care shows in this national recognition, which would not be possible without an entire team dedicated to achieving this award.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

The Leapfrog Top General Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must voluntarily submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System
Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a not-for-profit 1,295-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. It also includes a free-standing ER in Palm Harbor. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit FloridaHospital.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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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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