Fort Walton Beach / Niceville, FL — The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital were two of 823 hospitals to receive an "A" for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
"Patient safety is our highest priority and this achievement demonstrates our focus on quality," Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, said. "We've gone to great lengths to ensure safety is ingrained in our culture and I'm proud of all we've accomplished. I am honored to have our hospital recognized nationally again and am thankful to all of our employees and physicians who play a key role in helping us achieve this rating."
"We have had a stellar year of accomplishments related to quality and patient safety at Twin Cities Hospital. These accomplishments are not possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, physicians, and volunteers each and every day," said David Whalen, CEO of Twin Cities Hospital.
"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A' Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National 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 Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.