EvergreenHealth Receives "A" Grade for Patient Safety

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Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Lake Placid has received seven consecutive "A" safety grades and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel has received six consecutive "A" grades in patient safety and quality.

Much like the state of Maryland received safety grades for the first time in the fall of 2017 after being in the bottom five of the state rankings, Leapfrog's report showed notable promise and improvement with five hospitals scoring an A for the first time after having rated an F at one point.

The evaluation system 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.

"We are delighted to have received this high rating from the Leapfrog Group", said Mike Ashby, MD, the vice president of Medical Affairs for Sentara MJH.

Leapfrog's grades are based on review of available records and look largely at processes that hospitals have in place and at rates of errors that lead to health issues in patients.

"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, CEO of Leapfrog.

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. "We are proud of the work that we have accomplished in this capacity by achieving an "A" in Patient Safety on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and in 'Making our Community Healthier'".

"Additionally, Leapfrog graded fewer hospitals for Spring 2018 than in the past because of an unusual aberration in federal reporting". EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Until this round of safety rankings, Duke University's research and teaching hospital in Durham had delivered straight A's for the past three years, whereas WakeMed Cary had been awarded A's, and one B, since last getting a C in the spring of 2015.

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