West Florida Hospital April 26, 2016

West Florida Healthcare is the area’s only full-service hospital to have earned an “A” rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and the “100Top Hospital” designation by Truven Health Analytics.

Pensacola, FL – An announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. West Florida Healthcare is the area’s only full service hospital to earn an “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing their strong commitment to patient safety. This is the second consecutive time that West Florida Healthcare has earned an “A” rating. As further evidence of their commitment to patient safety and quality care, West Florida Healthcare is the only hospital in the area to have earned the “100 Top Hospitals in the Nation” by Truven Health Analytics for two years in a row.

“Receiving an “A” on hospital safety is a reflection of our dedication to providing evidence-based medicine that reduces variation in our delivery of care,” said Christopher Dorvault, M.D., Chief of Staff, West Florida Healthcare. “Empowering our clinical staff to have a voice in the design of our processes in a collaborative way has a direct impact on our operations, clinical practice, patient care outcomes, and patient experience.”

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, a national, independent nonprofit. 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.

“As a 100 Top Hospital in the Nation, receiving an “A” rating, particularly for two times in a row, is a reflection of the countless hours that our dedicated nurses, employees,

physicians and volunteers spend improving our quality which results in better outcomes for our patients,” said Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare. “From creating processes that have led to the area’s shortest ER wait times and door-to-balloon times that beat the national average, to our focus on improving surgical outcomes and reducing infection, our team is leading the way in improving quality care for our community.”

“Our entire community can be proud of West Florida Healthcare’s “A” rating in patient safety by Leapfrog,” said Jim Cronley, Chairman, West Florida Healthcare Board of Trustees.  “This “A” rating is a powerful reminder of West Florida Healthcare’s commitment to putting patient safety above all else.”

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. Compared to an “A” hospital, a patient’s risk of dying corresponds with the hospitals’ letter grades as follows:  “B” = 8.5%; “C” = 35.2%; and “D - F” = 49.8%. 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’s 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 West Florida Healthcare’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.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.