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Florida Hospitals Receive an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., November 1, 2017 — Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach were the only hospitals in the area to earn A ratings from  The Leapfrog Group in the newest release of Hospital Safety Grades. 
 
As A-rated hospitals by this national nonprofit health care ratings organization, Florida Hospital DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital Flagler and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center are ranked among the safest hospitals in the United States. Only 832 hospitals in the U.S. received an A-ranking. 
 
In addition, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals nationwide to earn straight A’s since Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score’s inception in 2012.
 
“We are so proud of these scores, as they reflect the hard work and dedication of our staff. It is extremely difficult to earn the A rating, so this recognition is very meaningful to us and our team,” said David Ottati, CEO of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties. “Florida Hospital is a quality organization because that is what our community deserves.  It is our responsibility and privilege to help our community live healthier and happier. This achievement speaks to our hospitals’ culture of safety and unwavering dedication to providing the very best patient care.”
 
The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals across the nation based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. 
 
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Florida Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”  
 
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
 
To learn more, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. 
 
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.  
 
About Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region
A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. The Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.