A grades: Why patient safety scores matter

With the release of The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, I’m very proud to say Baptist Health hospitals once again rank among the best in the nation. Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital each received “A” grades from the respected independent industry watchdog organization- in fact, Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Homestead Hospital were awarded with Leapfrog’s new “Straight A’s” gold badge for seven straight “semesters” of perfect scores.  South Miami Hospital received a “B.” As a critical access hospital, Mariners Hospital is not eligible to take part in these ratings. Leapfrog rates hospitals on 28 areas of patient safety, including infection rates, surgical outcomes, physician staffing levels in the ICU and standard safety measures like hand washing.   Click here to watch a short video produced by The Leapfrog Group which explains the scores.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes quality, safety and transparency in our country’s health system. More than 2,500 hospitals in the United States were ranked by The Leapfrog Group in their most recent scores. Across the nation, 782 hospitals were graded as “A” hospitals, 719 received “B” grades. Some 40 percent of hospitals received grades of “C”, “D” or “F.” To see the rankings, click here.

But what do these grades really mean for our community? At the very least, they are a tool for patients to begin a conversation with their doctors when it comes to choosing a hospital for care. At Baptist Health, our scores signify our commitment to patients and their safety. And when combined with our recent star rankings in patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), patients can be confident they are making informed decisions about where to be treated.

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  1. Its great to know we work in a hospital that is # 1 in safety! There is nothing more important than the safety of our patients and it shows in all we do.

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