Safety Watchdog Recognizes PMC

Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. healthcare system, were announced yesterday by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has again earned its ‘A’ grade. PMC has earned an ‘A’ grade for patient safety in every grading period since The LeapFrog initiated the grading system in 2012. This makes PMC one of only 133 hospitals (out of more than 5,000 hospitals) in the nation and one of 15 in the state of Florida to have consistently earned an ‘A’ grade since 2012.

“This latest recognition of our impeccable patient safety record continues to be a reflection of our dedicated team and our unwavering commitment to placing quality and safe care above all else,” said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our healthcare leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and MRSA.

To see PMC’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook.

Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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