St. Petersburg Fl., July, 2013 – Edward White Hospital was recognized for the third consecutive time with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Our “A” rating in Patient Safety recognizes the continued investment and importance our hospital places on patient safety. We are proud of the fact that this is our third consecutive “A” rating as we strive daily to give the highest quality of patient care and safety throughout our facility,” stated Sharon Hayes, CEO of Edward White Hospital.
“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Edward White Hospital for their achievements and encourage the facility to continue to put a priority on the safety of their patients.”
To see Edward White Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
Edward White Hospital is a 162-bed acute care facility serving the St. Petersburg area for more than 35 years. Services include the Orthopedic and Spine Center, Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a Skilled Nursing Unit, a Diagnostic and Imaging Center and a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Institute. The hospital provides around the clock emergency room (ER) services and is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Average ER wait times are posted on the hospital’s website at www.EdwardWhiteHospital.com or by texting “ER” to 23000