Memorial Hospital of Tampa October 29, 2015

TAMPA, FL Memorial Hospital of Tampa has earned the top “A” Safe Hospital Score from the Leapfrog Group. The score is derived from Leapfrog’s key questions and publicly reported data, allowing for the comparison of hospital safety performance.

“This high ranking achievement is yet another objective, third party recognition of the high quality of care provided here at Memorial Hospital of Tampa,” said Ward Boston, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “We are very proud of our staff’s effort to ensure our patients receive the safest hospital experience possible, in a patient centered environment each and every day.”

A blue ribbon panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts provides guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

“A” scores were awarded to for-profit hospitals, not-for-profits and public hospitals throughout the nation. Not all hospitals earned an “A”. The Hospital Safety Score exclusively measures safety – meaning errors, accidents, and infections. To see the full report go to www.HospitalSafetyScore.org

About the Hospital Safety Score

The Hospital Safety Score assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their safety in preventing errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Compiled by the nation's leading patient safety experts, the goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths. The Hospital Safety Score empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of hospital care.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

To learn about the scoring methodology go to Score Health at www.LeapfrogGroup.org.