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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Earns an “A” Safety Rating

June 15, 2012

Hudson, Florida – The Leapfrog Group recently made public its Safe Hospital Scores. The scores are derived from Leapfrog’s key questions and publicly reported data. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point received an A rating for safety. “This recognition has very special meaning for us,” said Shayne George, CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. “It is a recognition of our entire staff’s effort to ensure our service area of the safest hospital experience possible…. What is most important is that this is another objective recognition of the quality of care provided here at RMCBP,” he added.

According to the Leapfrog Group approximately 400 people daily die because of hospital errors – the equivalent of a jet crashing every day and killing all aboard. In response to this silent epidemic, more than 2,600 US hospitals will now receive an A, B, C, D or F hospital safety score based on patient safety via a first-of-its-kind initiative. A blue ribbon panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts provides guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

“The Leapfrog Group’s goal is to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “We hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.” For the first time the Hospital Safety Score highlights the country’s best hospitals and warns against the worst to save lives and bring attention to the nation’s silent safety epidemic. The Hospital Safety Score website –www.HospitalSafetyScore.org– allows visitors to search hospital scores for free and also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

“A” scores were awarded to for-profit hospitals including many in the HCA systems, as well as hundreds of not-for-profits and public hospitals throughout the nation. Not all hospitals earned an “A”, and the Leapfrog Group says that there were some surprises with outstanding reputations for quality appearing with safety scores of “B,” “C,” or below. The Hospital Safety Score exclusively measures safety – meaning errors, accidents, and infections.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point scored exceptionally well in all of the areas of “safe practice measures.” They scored a near perfect under:

Leadership structures and systems

  • Perfect score in culture measurement feedback and intervention
  • Perfect score in teamwork, training and skill building
  • Perfect score in identification and mitigation of risks and hazards
  • Perfect score in nursing workforce
  • Perfect score in medication reconciliation
  • Perfect score in hand hygiene
  • Perfect score in care of ventilated patients

Under surgical care improvement project measures Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point scored 100 out of 100 in all five of the following categories:

  • Patients received antibiotic within one hour of surgical incision
  • Patients received the correct antibiotic
  • Antibiotic discontinued after 24 hours
  • Urinary catheter was removed on post-operative day
  • Surgery patients received appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots at the right time

The report went on to highlight other identifiers. To see the full report go to www.HospitalSafetyScore.org.

Not all hospitals make the full list of 26 measures publicly available in which case the Hospital Safety Score was calculated only for the available measures. The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel required at least 14 measures for a hospital in order to calculate a hospital’s safety score.

Who is the Leapfrog Group?

The Leapfrog Group (www.LeapfrogGroup.org) is a national not-for-profit organization that was founded over a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare purchasers. The organization strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. To that end, Leapfrog has focused on measuring and publicly reporting on hospital performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is a trusted transparent and evidence-based national tool that more than 1,100 hospitals voluntarily participate in free of charge. For more information on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey visithttp://LeapfrogHospitalSurvey.org.

To learn about the scoring methodology go to Score Health at www.LeapfrogGroup.org.

About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.

RMCBP has been approved by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma, as a Provisional Level 2 Trauma Center. This designation means critically injured patients may have access to treatment in the “golden hour.” This is the first hour after a serious injury in which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical attention will prevent death. Through an affiliation with the University of South Florida Health, RMCBP has the support of a major academic university and medical school. A Trauma Center in our community means faster treatment to improve patient outcomes and keep patients close to home and their loved ones.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:

  • Recipient of the 2011 American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.
    • Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is the only hospital in Tampa Bay area to achieve the Gold Plus standard in both heart failure and stroke.
  • Recognized in 2011 as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals in quality measurements by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accrediting body.
  • Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center - Joint Commission
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI - Society of Chest Pain Centers
  • Certified Advanced Heart Failure - Joint Commission (1st in the State of Florida - 1/2010)
  • Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2010
  • American Heart Association's 2009 Stroke Silver Plus Performance Award Winner (1st in State of Florida)
  • Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited - American College of Radiology
  • Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program - American College of Surgeons.
  • Designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters
  • Named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay RoadHudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com. Or visit us on Facebook.

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