AdventHealth Lake Wales Receives "A" Grade from Leapfrog
Last updated 12/9/2022 at 9:02am
AdventHealth Lake Wales has received an "A" in patient safety from the prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog group that delivers grades based on quality metrics such as a hospital's performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Out of 3,000 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 30% received this top grade and 115 are awarded as a Top Hospital. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that uses their flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey "to collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance," according to a statement issued by the group.
"This is an incredible achievement and takes devoted leaders, physicians and staff to make sure we deliver highly skilled and safe care each and every time someone is in our hospital," said Royce Brown, President and CEO of AdventHealth Lake Wales. "Our organization has prioritized clinical excellence as a promise to consumers and have set the expectation of high-quality care when you choose AdventHealth."
The "A" rating is an improvement from the previous "B" rating awarded only six months ago. Only three area AdventHealth hospitals received an "A" in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, including AdventHealth Lake Placid and AdventHealth Sebring,
"AdventHealth is committed to continually evaluating and implementing systems that enhance clinical excellence and keep patients safe," said Dr. Robin McGuinness, senior executive officer and chief nurse executive for AdventHealth West Florida Division. "The consecutive "A" grades are a testament to our teams who carry out the protocols and procedures that ensure our communities have the highest quality care possible and trust they're safe in our care."
The Leapfrog Group previously awarded AdventHealth the Emerald Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Health Care System, a first for any health system. The achievement honors AdventHealth's performance across Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grades and Top Hospital award, which is one of the most competitive quality awards a hospital and its team members can receive.
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.