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Robert Trigaux

Tampa Bay area hospitals, graded from A to D on patient safety, need to up their game




How did St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg fare in a national grading of patient safety? Read on.

Wake up and good morning. Tampa Bay area hospitals received report cards ranging from straight A's to a D this week from a national nonprofit organization that advocates for safer health care delivery. The latest national update to safety scores that track how well hospitals prevent medical errors like medication mix-ups, injuries, accidents and infections shows hospitals are making progress but have a long way to go "to reliably deliver safe health care," says The Leapfrog Group.

To be clear, this is not an overall grade on the quality of medical care or surgical skills of hospitals. But it is a grade that addresses how good or bad hospitals are in delivering the right medicine to patients and -- ever more important given infection problems at hospitals -- how clean they maintain their facilities.

So let's cut to the chase. Of the 20 area hospitals (yes, some notable hospitals are not included) graded this year (based mostly on 2011 data) by Leapfrog, how did they fare? Notably, two of the top four graded hospitals are in St. Petersburg, three of the top four are in Pinellas County and one of the top four is in Pasco County. Tampa and Hillsborough area hospitals did not crack the top graded facilities.

Here are the four area hospitals that got an A:

1. Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg.

2. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

3. Florida Hospital North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs.

4. St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg.


Here are the five area hospitals that got a B:

1. Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

2. South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center.

3. Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

4. St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

5. Bartow Regional Medical Center in Bartow.


Here are the ten area hospitals that got a C:

1. University Community Hospital in Tampa.

2. Medical Center of Trinity in Trinity.

3. Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.

4. Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon.

5. Largo Medical Center in Largo.

6. Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville.

7. Bayfront Medical Center n St. Petersburg.

8. Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

9. University Community Hospital at Carrollwood in Tampa.

10. Tampa General Hospital in Tampa.


Here is the one area hospital that got a D:

1. St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The good news is statewide, the latest grades show improvement. Overall, 39 percent of the 156 Florida hospitals graded received an A. That ranks Florida at No. 10 among the states. Previously, only 32 percent of Florida hospitals earned an A.

The bad news is only 20 percent of the Tampa Bay area hospitals received an A. And St. Petersburg General Hospital was one of eight hospitals graded statewide to receive a D. No Florida hospital received an F. Hospitals with a D or F had the "most hazardous environments for patients in need of care," Leapfrog says.

"Consumers deserve 'A' hospitals and someday we may see all hospitals earning 'A's," says Leapfrog chairman Keith Reissaus. "However, we are not there yet."

Certainly not in Tampa Bay.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times


[Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 7:59am]


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