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Florida Hospital Tops the List Once Again with Straight A's for Patient Safety
Date:12/5/2018

Florida Hospital West Florida Division has once again earned the highest marks possible for patient safety and quality. Today, the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, announced the Top Hospitals in the country and Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills all received the Top General Hospital award. Additionally, Florida Hospital Wauchula earned the Top Rural Hospital designation.

Top General Hospital is an elite designation that only 35 in the country and just 10 in Florida received from the Leapfrog safety group, and four are in West Florida Division. This is the second Top General Hospital designation for Florida Hospital Carrollwood and the first for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Florida Hospital Wauchula has earned recognition as Top Rural Hospital for the fifth time, and is the only rural hospital in Florida to earn the award.

“Florida Hospital only wants the very best care possible for every patient, every time,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division. “We are committed to excellence, and to investing in our people and our hospitals in order to achieve the highest quality of care every patient deserves,” said Schultz.

Seven participating hospitals in the Florida Hospital West Florida Division also received an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, including Florida Hospital Carrollwood (8th consecutive A), Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid (9th consecutive A), Florida Hospital North Pinellas (11th consecutive A), Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring (2nd consecutive A), Florida Hospital Tampa (2nd consecutive A), Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (8th consecutive A), Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (2nd consecutive A).

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“This accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without our leadership, physicians and staff who are committed to this journey of excellence, and providing the best care possible to our patients,” said Dr. Robin McGuinness, Senior Executive Officer of Patient Outcomes, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division. “We are experiencing tremendous growth in the West Florida Division and we are on a journey to ensure all of our hospitals reach an “A” grade in patient safety and follow the guidelines The Leapfrog Group sets as the standard for safe practices,” said McGuinness.

Florida Hospital voluntarily* participates in the Leapfrog assessment and provides full transparency to our hospitals and our data to patient safety experts for review. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade measures 27 areas of hospital safety and scores hospitals with A, B, C, D and F grades based on that data.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

*Florida Hospital acquired Florida Hospital Ocala (formerly Munroe Regional Medical Center) effective August 1, 2018. Florida Hospital Ocala participated in the Leapfrog safety assessment under previous ownership and received a D in patient safety. Florida Hospital acquired Florida Hospital Dade City (formerly Bayfront Health Dade City) effective April 1, 2018. Florida Hospital Dade City has not yet participated in the Leapfrog safety assessment.

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System (soon to be AdventHealth)
The West Florida Division of Adventist Health System is a 1,810 bed health care system currently comprised of ten acute-care hospitals including Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Dade City, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Ocala, Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wauchula, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER, Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER and Florida Hospital TimberRidge ER. Additionally, it has one post-acute care facility, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, over 45 multi-specialty Florida Hospital Physician Group practices, 15 Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics and 6 Florida Hospital Centra Care Urgent Care Centers. The West Florida Division also provides home health care services in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, Polk and Sumter Counties. For more information, go to 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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