Three Orlando Health hospitals receive ‘A’ grades for patient safety in fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 08, 2018

Orlando, FL (November 8, 2018) – Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health South Lake Hospital were awarded ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 hospital safety survey. The designation recognizes the hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

“By focusing on processes as well as our quality outcomes, patient care across our system has continually improved,” said Thomas Kelley, MD, vice president, quality and clinical transformation, Orlando Health. “We are particularly pleased with these recent grades, not just for the hospitals, but also for patients. It reinforces the strides we are making in patient care.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national 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, infections and other harm to patients. With more than 2,600 hospitals across the U.S., 855, or just over 30 percent, were awarded ‘A’ grades in the current rating period. The Leapfrog Group uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. The methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are available at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

“We are pleased to have been recognized by the Leapfrog Group for our patient safety and quality outcomes,” said David Strong, president and CEO, Orlando Health. “Achieving these results requires commitment on the part of every team member and every physician to do their best every day.”

In addition to the three Orlando Health hospitals to receive ‘A’ grades, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital maintained its ‘B’ score and Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital maintained its ‘C’ score earned during the spring 2018 rating period.

“Over the past five years, quality metrics at all Orlando Health hospitals have trended in a positive direction,” added Dr. Kelley. “So while we are mindful of the stable performance of these two hospitals, we are confident in our advancements in quality and the high level of care we provide to all patients.”

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of hospitals, physician practices and outpatient care centers across Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,900 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees who serve more than 112,000 inpatients, more than 2.4 million outpatients, and more than 10,000 international patients each year.  Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $450 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.