HCA West Florida Division October 29, 2014

Tampa Bay's Largest Health System Focuses on Making Hospitals Safer for Patients

Tampa, FL - HCA West Florida is pleased to announce that 11 of its hospitals have earned an "A" Safe Hospital Score from the Leapfrog Group. The score is derived from Leapfrog's key questions and publicly reported data, allowing for the comparison of hospital safety performance nationally.

"Our hospitals are saving lives and reducing complication rates through a strong focus on quality and patient safety," said Larry Feinman, DO, FACOS, Chief Medical Officer, HCA West Florida. "We congratulate these eleven hospitals on their effective collaboration with physicians and clinical teams resulting in the highest grade possible from an organization committed to providing an objective way to denote high performing, safer hospitals."

The eleven hospitals receiving an "A" are Brandon Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Edward White Hospital, Englewood Community Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Medical Center of Trinity, Northside Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and South Bay Hospital.

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.

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.

To see the full report go to www.HospitalSafetyScore.org

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.