Study gives high scores to 5 local hospitals

Data released by a healthcare advocacy group puts 5 local hospitals at the top of their rankings for safety. The Leapfrog Group gave Orange Park Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside scores of “A”.    The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31- percent receiving an “A” grade.   According to the group, an “A” score means that a medical facility was able to prevent errors and keep injuries and side infections at a minimum.  Of the 2,520 hospitals included in the nationwide study, 790 earned an “A,” 688 earned a “B,” 868 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D” and 26 ended up at the bottom of the list with a “F.”  UF Health Jacksonville was the only local medical center to receive a score of a “B.”  Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Memorial Hospital all received C scores in the annual study.  Hospitals that choose not to participate have complained that adversely affects their scores.
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