December 05, 2012
Tampa Bay, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was honored 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 and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“This ‘A’ rating has a very special meaning for us,” said Shayne George, CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. “It is recognition of our entire staff’s effort to ensure our service area of the safest hospital experience possible. Additionally, this is another objective third party measurement showing that RMCBP meets the highest industry standards and has again earned the top score awarded by the rating organization,” he added.
“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
To see Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website atwww.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available atwww.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-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), Lucian Leape (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).
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