Brandon, Florida (November 4, 2014) – Brandon Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that it was recognized with an “A” safety score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the ABCD 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 patients’ safety.
“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that our hospital continues to strive for excellence,” said Brandon Regional Hospital’s CEO, Bland Eng. “This demonstrates that Brandon Regional Hospital values patient safety. This is one more indication that Brandon Regional Hospital is ‘walking the walk’ in fulfilling its mission, vision and values,” he added.
Eleven HCA hospitals received an “A” rating demonstrating that Tampa Bay’s largest health system focuses on making hospitals safe for its patients. To see Brandon Regional Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.HospitalSafetyScore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved during the hospital stay.
According to The Leapfrog Group, “The Hospital Safety Score is one piece of information you should use when planning a hospital stay.” They add that they also provide some of the scenarios where the Hospital Safety Score can help a patient make the right decision:
· Knowing where to go for an emergency
· Scheduling a high risk or potentially life-threatening surgery
· Preparing to have a baby
· If someone in the family is suffering from a life-threatening illness that could require immediate or consistent hospital care to be sure that the hospital you’re going to is safe.
Scores were awarded to for-profit hospitals, not-for-profits and public hospitals throughout the nation. Not all hospitals earned an “A.” The Hospital Safety Score exclusively measures safety – meaning errors, accidents and infections.
About the Hospital Safety Score: The Hospital Safety Score assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to local hospitals based on its safety in preventing errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups. Compiled by the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths. The Hospital Safety Score empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of hospital care.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About HCA West Florida
HCA’s West Florida Division provides a complete continuum of high quality programs and services to meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses throughout west Florida, caring for one million patients last year. HCA West Florida is the Tampa Bay region’s largest healthcare system with 16 hospitals on 18 campuses, 12 ambulatory surgery centers, numerous diagnostic imaging and occupational health sites, physician practices, medical education and teaching programs, regional lab, and consolidated service center. All 16 hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission and 12 hospitals earned distinction as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ last year. HCA West Florida is affiliated with HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and London.
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital, a member of HCA West Florida Division, is a 398-bed acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed, The Behavioral Health Center, The Women’s Center, which includes our Baby Suites and 22 bed neonatal intensive care unit, The Reflux Center and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.