SMH Earns "A" for Hospital Safety in Leapfrog Survey

SMH Earns "A" for Hospital Safety in Leapfrog Survey

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SARASOTA (April 24, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital received an “A” for protecting patients from preventable injuries and harm and for meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S., the Leapfrog Group announced today.

Leapfrog issues nationwide hospital safety grades twice each year and assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade based on individual hospital performance in preventing harm and death, such as medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections among patients in their care. 

SMH was one of 750 hospitals nationwide that received Leapfrog’s highest mark this grading period; this is the fourth consecutive “A” that SMH has earned for its performance since the hospital began participating in Leapfrog’s survey in 2016.

“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,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assess more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals. The grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

Leapfrog’s safety grade – the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death – is a useful measure to help guide consumers to hospitals that prioritize patient safety. SMH CEO David Verinder, however, urges consumers to research multiple sources when evaluating hospital quality.

High-performing hospitals like Sarasota Memorial are typically recognized by multiple organizations. For example, among other designations, SMH is the only hospital in Florida to consistently receive the highest five-star rating from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) since its rating system’s inception in 2016; SMH is among a select group of hospitals across the nation designated with Magnet status for safe and effective care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; and in 2017, SMH was one of just 48 hospitals nationwide to earn the top “high performing” ratings in all procedures and conditions evaluated in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 “Best Hospitals” list.

“National rankings are a good starting point,” Verinder said, “but if you are facing surgery or a complicated treatment, be sure to also talk to your family doctor and others in the medical community. Dig a little deeper, and research both the hospital and provider you are considering to ensure they have an experienced team in place and a strong track record in the specific service you need.”

To see Sarasota Memorial’s full safety grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade website

About Sarasota Memorial 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016. 

About The Leapfrog Group 

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, the Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. 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.