West Florida Healthcare Earns an "A" Rating in The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

A report released recently 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 only hospital in Escambia County that earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing their strong commitment to patient safety. 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 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.”

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 U.S. 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’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.