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Florida Hospitals Achieve Elite National Recognition from The Leapfrog Group

LAKE, FLAGLER, & VOLUSIA COUNTIES, November 8, 2018 – Several Florida Hospitals in Lake, Flagler, and Volusia counties have earned “A” ranking in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, released today.

With the Hospital Safety Grades, Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on how safe they are for patients.

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, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares each received an “A” rating, the highest ranking possible from this national organization.

Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach earned a “B” rating.

“This is a journey that takes time and I’m proud of our teams. All 8,000 of our employees in the region work together to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality care to every patient. This accolade is a direct reflection of their unwavering commitment to our culture of safety,” said David Ottati, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Health System’s Central Florida Division - North Region, which includes the Florida Hospitals located in Volusia, Flagler and Lake counties.

“While I’m not surprised, I am thrilled that our hospitals that earned an ‘A’ rating during the last ranking period also maintained an ‘A’ for this reporting period,” Ottati added. “I’m especially proud of the team at Florida Hospital New Smyrna as they have truly dedicated themselves to improving patient care. The work we’ve done together over the last two years has brought our New Smyrna Beach hospital up to a ‘B’ ranking. The work they continue to do today will be reflected in our scores in about two years, and I’m excited to see them continue to improve as we know they will reach their goal of an ‘A’ rating as well.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“Florida Hospital’s continued success in achieving an ‘A’ rating is evidence that the organization places an emphasis on protecting patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. We are inspired by Florida Hospital’s leadership on patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

To see more details on Florida Hospital’s Hospital Safety Grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, 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
Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses in nine states and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, the Florida Hospitals in Lake, Flagler, and Volusia counties will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth’s care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Encompassing six Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, including 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 New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.