Doctors Hospital of Sarasota October 30, 2014

Sarasota, FL – Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is pleased to announce that they have earned an “A” Safe Hospital Score from Leapfrog Group. The score is derived from Leapfrog’s key questions and publicly reported data, allowing for the comparison of hospital safety performance nationally.

“At Doctors Hospital, we strive to provide the highest quality of care and patient safety for our community, all while saving lives and reducing complication rates. This distinction is a direct payoff of the collaboration of physicians and clinical teams who continue to implement and improve the safety measures in place,” said hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Meade.

A blue ribbon panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts provides guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

Scores were awarded to for-profit hospitals, not-for-profits and public hospitals throughout the nation. Not all hospitals earned an “A”. The Hospital Safety Score exclusively measures safety – meaning errors, accidents, and infections.

To see the full report go to www.HospitalSafetyScore.org

About the Hospital Safety Score:

The Hospital Safety Score assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to local hospitals based on its safety in preventing errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups. Compiled by the nation's leading experts on patient safety, the goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths. The Hospital Safety Score empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of hospital care.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.