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Baptist Health hospitals score a perfect ‘A’ in safety survey

Baptist Health hospitals score a perfect ‘A’ in safety survey

Baptist Health South Florida hospitals — across the board — scored a perfect “A” in the first-ever report card on patient safety issued by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing full public disclosure of hospital performance. Baptist Health was the only multi-hospital system in Miami-Dade County to receive all A’s.

Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Homestead Hospital were included in the survey. West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened in 2011 and is too new to be included, while Mariner’s Hospital and other critical access hospitals were not eligible for the survey.

“This is an excellent independent verification of the quality of care at Baptist Health South Florida hospitals,” said Brian E. Keeley, Baptist’s president and CEO. “All members of the staffs are to be congratulated for their unceasing dedication to patient care and safety and to making the right decisions for patients.”

Hospitals across the United States were given grades of A, B, C, D or F based on 26 measures of hospital performance that included infection rates, medication mix- ups, injuries and other preventable problems, some of which could be fatal. Hospitals were graded using publicly avail- able data and hospital reports.

Of the 2,652 hospitals graded, 729 received an A, 679 were graded a B and 1,243 earned a C or below. The Leapfrog Group gave A grades to nine Miami-Dade hospitals, B’s to two hospitals, C’s to four hospitals and D or F grades to five others.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent watchdog run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits that strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. To see how other hospitals in the state scored, visit www.HospitalSafetyScore.org.

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. For more information, visit www.BaptistHealth.org.

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