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Florida Hospital North Pinellas Receives Ninth Straight “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

TAMPA, FL (October 31, 2017) – Florida Hospital North Pinellas received its ninth straight “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Florida Hospital North Pinellas was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S., and it currently holds the longest, consecutive straight A streak in Tampa Bay.

“We are very proud to receive our ninth consecutive A grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group,” said Tricia Williams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “Consistently achieving the highest honors in patient safety requires dedication from our entire team, and I am extremely grateful for their commitment to providing the best care to our patients every day.”

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.

“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 North Pinellas for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

To see Florida Hospital North Pinellas’ full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, 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 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 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHNorthPinellas.com.

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