The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Citrus Memorial Hospital received a B.
"Patient safety has always and will always be a top priority for us. This achievement is a testament to the great team effort of our hospital and medical staff over the past three years," said Ralph Aleman, Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO. "We have made great strides with our transition to becoming part of HCA West Florida. With access to HCA's full range of quality measurements and tools we are bringing industry best practices to patients in Citrus County.
I am proud that our community can trust Citrus Memorial Hospital to receive safe, quality care when they need it."
"Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Every hospital can earn an 'A' grade, and we're proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm."
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Citrus Memorial Hospital's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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 health care. 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.