SARASOTA – The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety report cards were released today, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus continued its straight-A streak for keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, accidents and other harm to patients in their care.
The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year, to help patients choose the safest hospitals for their care. The safety grades are based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting quality and safety data, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
SMH-Sarasota has earned straight A’s since it began participating in Leapfrog’s voluntary hospital safety survey in 2016. Of the nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals graded in the Fall 2021 report card, 32% earned an A, 26% earned a B, 35% earned a C, 6% a D and less than 1% received an F.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Sarasota Memorial Hospital for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD, said the hospital’s continued high marks demonstrate the dedication and diligence of the entire team.
“Despite the challenges we have faced throughout this pandemic, the entire team at SMH has worked incredibly hard to continue providing the highest quality of care to all of our patients. Their commitment to this community is incredible, and we are so grateful for their efforts.”
To view the full results of the Fall 2021 Leapfrog survey, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, provides services for more than 1 million patients each year across its 2 hospital campuses, free-standing ER, and network of outpatient care centers. The system’s 839-bed flagship facility, Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota, has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best acute-care hospitals, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of care — from trauma, emergency and urgent care services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.