May 15, 2019 (Tampa) – AdventHealth West Florida Division announced today it has earned the highest marks possible for patient safety and quality in Tampa Bay. Today, the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care rating organization, announced its safety ratings for over 2,600 hospitals across the country. Only about a third of those hospitals received an “A” grade, including seven in AdventHealth West Florida Division. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F based on how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
“AdventHealth is committed to elevating the quality of health care in our communities and keeping patients safe when they are in our care,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO, AdventHealth West Florida Division. “We have a proven record of consistently delivering on our promise to have the best health care possible.”
According to the Leapfrog Safety Group, patients who do not go to “A” graded hospitals have a greater risk of avoidable death; 35% greater at “B” hospitals, 88% greater at “C” hospitals and 92% greater at “D” and “F” hospitals.
The 2019 Leapfrog scores for AdventHealth West Florida Division* are:
- AdventHealth Carrollwood - 9th consecutive A
- AdventHealth Lake Placid - 10th consecutive A
- AdventHealth North Pinellas - 12th consecutive A
- AdventHealth Sebring – 3rd consecutive A
- AdventHealth Tampa - 3rd consecutive A
- AdventHealth Wesley Chapel - 9th consecutive A
- AdventHealth Zephyrhills - 3rd consecutive A
“We love caring for our communities and how we do it makes a difference,” said Dr. Robin McGuinness, Senior Executive Officer of Patient Outcomes, AdventHealth West Florida Division. “Our teams have implemented strategies to improve medical administration safety, reduce infections and enhance our commitment to a culture of safety to make sure we are providing the best care possible to every patient, every time. It wouldn’t be possible to achieve this without our leaders, our physicians and our staff who are committed to creating a safe environment for our patients.”
Leapfrog Safety grades are announced twice a year. Each year, the group also announces its Top General Hospital awards. In 2018, AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills were awarded Top General Hospital. Additionally, AdventHealth Wauchula was awarded Top Rural Hospital, and was the only Florida hospital to receive that designation.
AdventHealth voluntarily participates in the Leapfrog assessment and provides full transparency to our hospitals and our data to patient safety experts for review. To see a full list of safety grades, click here.
AdventHealth acquired AdventHealth Dade City on April 1, 2018, and the hospital has not yet participated in the Leapfrog safety assessment. AdventHealth acquired Munroe Regional Medical Center, now AdventHealth Ocala on August 1, 2018, and the hospital received a D in patient safety. AdventHealth has set the standard for high-quality care and is committed to elevating health care in the Ocala community.
About AdventHealth West Florida Division (Formerly Florida Hospital)
The West Florida Division of AdventHealth has some of the nation’s brightest medical minds making lifesaving breakthroughs with surgical pioneers, scientists and researchers using leading edge technology and innovation to deliver our brand of whole-person care. Our network of care includes AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth Lake Placid, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wauchula, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including AdventHealth Central Pasco ER, AdventHealth Palm Harbor ER and AdventHealth TimberRidge ER. We are more than hospitals, as we have a robust system of care including specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy and home health care. AdventHealth is a faith-based not-for-profit health care system with a mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. AdventHealth has hundreds of care sites and nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. For more information about AdventHealth, visit AdventHealth.com, or Facebook.com/AdventHealth, and for West Florida Division, click here.
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.