West Florida Hospital
October 17, 2018

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. West Florida Healthcare was one of 750 and the only local hospital awarded an 'A' for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

"West Florida Healthcare is proud to be the area's only hospital to have earned an "A" in this elite national rankings program, and to be added to the "Straight A" list for earning and maintaining this ranking from the Fall of 2015 through the current ratings period" said Carlton Ulmer, President and Chief Operating Officer of West Florida Healthcare. "To achieve and maintain the "A" ranking means that our nurses, physicians, employees and volunteers have remained focused on transforming the healthcare experience. The vision is for highly-competent professionals to work in a collaborative environment to provide patient and family centered care using evidence-based clinical practice standards."

"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Receiving an 'A' Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day."

By creating multidisciplinary teams, West Florida Healthcare has dedicated itself to serving as the quality leader in Northwest Florida by supporting the use of valid, reliable data to assure the delivery of optimal patient care to reduce medical errors. These multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, clinicians, educators, and support staff who follow evidence-based care practices, process improvement techniques, and systems are able to enhance the patient's quality of care.

According to the Leapfrog study:

  • There were more than 206,000 avoidable deaths in 2017
  • Compared to an A Hospital, your risk of dying in a hospital increases as the safety grade decreases:
    • B - 8.5%
    • C - 35.2%
    • D&F - 49.8 %

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see West Florida Hospital's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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.