Sarasota, FL, April 25, 2016 - New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. This is the fourth consecutive A grade the facility has received.
"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.
"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Doctors Hospital of Sarasota's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.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.
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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.
About Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is an all-private room acute care facility serving the healthcare needs of Sarasota County and 1-75 corridor residents. Doctors Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and a Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures. Additionally, the facility has been nationally recognized by Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Best Places to Work for seven years in a row. For more information about the services of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, please visit DoctorsofSarasota.com or contact Aimee Bennett at (941) 342-1012.