SRMC receives an “A” in patient safety

Published on October 25, 2013 with No Comments

Santa Rosa Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are proud of the care that we provide at our hospital,” said Phillip Wright, CEO of Santa Rosa Medical Center. “We have a great group of physicians, nurses and clinical support staff who are passionate about caring for our patients. Patient safety is always our top concern and this score shows that if you need a hospital, you’re safer in Santa Rosa County. Now, more than ever, we’re here to provide quality health care to our community.”

With changes in health care through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) this score could prove to be event more critical for hospitals across the nation.

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Santa Rosa Medical Center, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

In a press release the Leapfrog Group had some key findings from their study:

  • Of the 2,539 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 813 earned an “A,” 661 earned a “B,” 893 earned a “C,” 150 earned a “D” and 22 earned an “F.”
  • On average, there was no improvement in hospitals’ reported performance on the measures included in the score, with the exception of hospital adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE). The expansion in adoption of this lifesaving technology suggests that federal policy efforts to improve hospital technology have shown some success.
  • While overall hospitals report little improvement in safety, some individual hospitals (3.5 percent) showed dramatic improvements of two or more grade levels.
  • The states with the smallest percentage of “A” hospitals include New Hampshire, Arkansas, Nebraska and New Mexico. No hospitals in New Mexico or the District of Columbia received an “A” grade.
  • Maine claimed the number-one spot for the state with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals.
  • Kaiser and Sentara were among the hospital systems that achieved straight “A” grades, meaning 100 percent of their hospitals received an “A.”
  • For more information about the Hospital Safety Score or to view the list of state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

To see Santa Rosa Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Santa Rosa Medical Center is a full service 129-bed modern hospital facility. Located on Berryhill Road in Milton, Fla., Santa Rosa Medical Center is quickly and easily reached from all points in Santa Rosa County. With nearly 400 associates, more than 100 volunteers and more than 100 physicians on staff, Santa Rosa Medical Center is well-equipped to meet all of your healthcare needs.

For more information please visit www.srmcfl.com, call (850) 626-7762 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SantaRosaMedicalCenter.

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