Tarpon Springs, Florida, April 24, 2018 – Florida Hospital North Pinellas was awarded an ‘A’ grade by The Leapfrog Group for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. This is the tenth straight ‘A’ grade Florida Hospital North Pinellas has received, the longest straight ‘A’ streak in the Tampa Bay area. The hospital was also awarded the 2016 and 2017 Top General Hospital award for patient quality and safety from The Leapfrog Group, the only hospital in the state of Florida to receive the prestigious recognition back-to-back for 2016 and 2017.
“We are incredibly proud to be awarded our tenth straight ‘A’ grade for our continued excellence in patient safety,” said Tricia Williams, Florida Hospital North Pinellas President and CEO. “It is our goal for every patient we serve to be provided with exceptional, safe care, and this award is a direct reflection of our team’s unwavering commitment to that year after year.”
The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade 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.
“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, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see Florida Hospital North Pinellas’ full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About Florida Hospital North Pinellas
Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located in Tarpon Springs, is a 168-bed, full-service hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedics, wound healing, sleep medicine, women’s care, and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and The Leapfrog Group, for excellence in providing quality patient care. Florida Hospital North Pinellas serves both the Pinellas and Pasco communities of West Central Florida. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 27 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHNorthPinellas.com.
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.