Sarasota Memorial continues its straight A safety streak in Leapfrog Group report cards

Hospital has received an A every time in its participation in the semi-annual surveys

These are graphics included on the Leapfrog Group website, showing details about Sarasota Memorial’s grade. Image courtesy Leapfrog Group

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) received another A in the spring 2022 Hospital Safety report cards released by the Leapfrog Group this week, the hospital reported.

“The national distinction recognizes the Sarasota hospital for its continuous achievements in protecting hospitalized patients from medical errors and preventable harm,” a news release points out.

“The latest grades provide a look at the impact of COVID-19 on patient safety in nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide. Many hospitals received lower scores in the pandemic-era timeframe,” the news release says, “reflecting how patient care worsened due to strains on the health care system and workforce, the Leapfrog report notes.”

“Sarasota Memorial, however, maintained its straight-A streak. It has earned consecutive A’s since it began participating in the Leapfrog survey in 2016,” the release notes. “SMH-Venice, which opened in November 2021, is not yet eligible to participate in the Leapfrog survey,” the release explains. However, when attempting to review the hospital’s survey results, Leapfrog responded that “Sarasota Memorial Hospital has DECLINED to RESPOND” [emphasis by Leapfrog], adding that “Thousands of hospitals nationwide report to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to help patients and purchasers make better health care decisions. This hospital did not participate.”

“Despite the rapid growth of our population, year after year of record-breaking patient volumes, and myriad challenges from the pandemic, our staff has once again demonstrated their expertise and unwavering commitment to deliver safe, high-quality care to our community,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica in the release.

“This community should be proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, in the release. “An A Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Sarasota Memorial for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” she added in the release.

The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year, based on 30 national performance measures reflecting each hospital’s record of patient safety,” the release points out. The scores help consumers “protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.”

Across all states, the release adds, 33% of hospitals surveyed in the spring 2022 hospital safety study received an A, 24% received a B, 36% received a C, 7% received a D, and less than 1% received an F, the release notes.

“The Leapfrog grading system is peer-reviewed, free to the public and designed to help patients choose the safest hospitals for their care,” the release says. To view the full results of the Spring 2022 Leapfrog survey, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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