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HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital Earn As

Grade reflects top national performance on patient safety through COVID-19 pandemic.

May 03, 2023

Ocala, FL HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic. 

“We’re proud to be a leader in patient safety within our community, and this honorable designation signals what we do every day – we show up,” said Alan Keesee, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital CEO. “We show up for our patients, staff and neighbors by creating a safe place to heal, recover and work. This makes the fourth designation in a row for HCA Florida West Marion Hospital and third in a row for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. I’d like to thank our team members for their dedication to this mission; it takes everyone doing their part to earn this achievement.” 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. 

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.” 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. 

To see HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter. 

 

About The Leapfrog Group                      

                     

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

Published:
May 03, 2023
Location:
HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, HCA Florida West Marion Hospital

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