Ravi Chari, M.D., President of HCA West Florida

Tampa, FL — Brandon Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Medical Center of Trinity, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Oak Hill Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes the efforts of these eight hospitals in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

“We are excited to see eight of our hospitals receive an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, to recognize their outstanding efforts in patient safety, quality and transparency,” said Ravi Chari, M.D., President of HCA West Florida. “We are committed to putting patients first, which involves a shared belief among all of our colleagues to always doing what is right for the patient.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this ‘A.’

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measure of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. To review the full grade details, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.