The Leapfrog Group, a Washington-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades – and Palmetto General Hospital was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
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.
“Every department in this hospital is committed to providing a safe environment,” said Ana Mederos, Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto General Hospital. “The administrative team is committed to serving the community and giving the best possible care to all our patients, and we are very proud of this recognition.”
“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 Palmetto General Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, go to www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About the Leapfrog Group: Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization focused on 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 Palmetto General Hospital: This 368-bed acute care hospital located at 2001 West 68th Street in Hialeah is a part of Tenet Healthcare’s Eastern Region, Coastal Division. The hospital has served the medical and healthcare needs of Northwest Miami-Dade and Southwest Broward counties for over 45 years. Palmetto General Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, which is a fully accredited by the oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency in.
To learn more about Palmetto General Hospital, visit www.palmettogeneral.com or call 800-522-5292.