West Florida Healthcare announced it’s received the highest hospital safety rating for the third consecutive time from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.
“It started with a commitment by our facility to really look at our culture of safety within the organization and really strengthen that culture of safety,” said Karen White-Trevino, chief nursing officer at West Florida Healthcare. “We looked at different methods that are considered best practice across the country and [implemented] some of those methods here to West Florida Hospital.”
The Leapfrog Group bi-annually reviews more than 2,600 hospitals using 28 measures of publicly available data on errors, injuries, accidents and infections to produce hospital safety scores of A through F. The scores are publicly available to help consumers make informed healthcare decisions.
“As a 100 Top Hospital in the Nation, receiving an “A” rating is a reflection of the countless hours that our dedicated nurses, employees, physicians and volunteers spend improving our quality which results in better outcomes for our patients,” said Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare. “From creating processes that have led to the area’s shortest ER wait times and door-to-balloon times that beat the national average, to our focus on improving surgical outcomes and reducing infection, our team is leading the way in improving quality care for our community.”
Staff at West Florida Healthcare says the high ranking feels like a pay-off for the everyday commitment to patient care.
“It means a lot to us because we make a special effort to keep our patients safe and provide quality care for them,” said Vernell Savage, a licensed nurse practioner at the hospital.
Other area hospitals that were graded by Leapfrog include Baptist Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola and North Okaloosa Medical Center, receiving a C; Gulf Breeze Hospital in Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, receiving a B; Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and its sister hospital, Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, both receiving an A.