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Gov. Rick Scott ranks county health departments

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July

Another arm of state government can be added to the growing list of agencies ranked at the behest of Gov. Rick Scott.

Through a public record request, the Times/Herald has obtained a copy of a report that rates the performance of the state's 67 county health departments.

Indian River County, with a raw score of 58 points out of 69, is at the top of the list. Liberty County's 23 points is the lowest. Hillsborough County ranked below the average score of 47, and was next-to-last among major metro counties.

The Department of Health, which came up with the ranking system at Scott's request, says the document completed in December is still a work in progress. The report includes health data, as well as the result of customer satisfaction and employee surveys. It also factors in financial stability and leadership effectiveness.

Although some county health officials said they have seen the report, the document hasn't been widely publicized. The Department of Health said it shared the ranking with county health officers in February, but also cautioned that its scope is limited.

"The department is actively working to refine the rankings tool through a work group of county health officers in order to create a more useful measurement system that accurately captures the public health efficacy of the individual county health departments," Department of Health press secretary Jessica Hammonds said in an email. "The department expects to finish its accountability process before the end of the year."

Read the rest of the story here.

Here is how Tampa Bay county health departments ranked:

County Raw Score Rank
Manatee 52 16
Pinellas 50 21
Hernando 47 33
Pasco 45 40
Hillsborough   44 45
Polk 42 54

Here is a link to the full report: Download County Health Department Rankings

[Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 11:21am]

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