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Florida Hospital North Pinellas gets 'A'

Florida Hospital North Pinellas has earned high scores for patient safety.’

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Florida Hospital North Pinellas has earned high scores for patient safety.’

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Florida Hospital North Pinellas Awarded an "A" for Patient Safety

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, received an "A" Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

"Patient safety is and always will be our focus here at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. We will continue to work hard and do our best to ensure that we conduct our daily tasks free of errors, injuries, accidents and infections. We are honored to have our hospital included on Leapfrog's list for patient safety," said Bruce Bergherm, president and CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas.

"Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog Group. "I congratulate Florida Hospital North Pinellas for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard."

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

Saturday

Dog Dash: Bring your leashed dog out for a one-mile walk or come alone for a 5K or half marathon run. $10-$45. 8 a.m., J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. (813) 792-1877.

Tuesday

Team Under Pressure: A 5K run and a one-mile walk to benefit area AAU basketball. $20-$30. 8:30 a.m., Del Oro Park, 401 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 492-8438.

Wednesday

Skills and Games: To promote better health through activity and develop coordination, kids in grades K-5 can play games including dodgeball, basketball, relay races and obstacle courses. Wear athletic clothes and appropriate shoes. Held 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free with rec card, $1.50 without. 4:30 p.m. Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar. (813) 818-0149.

Recurring

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics. There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lake­view Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake. (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE. (727) 586-2585. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Donations accepted. Visit foodaddicts.com.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit mid pinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

Nar-Anon Family Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin (behind church in fellowship hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Caregiver Support Groups: Local author and senior advocate Linda S. Burhans facilitates caregiver support groups at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Home Health, 13787 Belcher Road S, Suite 220, Largo; 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; and 10 a.m. the last Thursday of every month at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at Pacifica Senior Living, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

Co-dependents Anonymous: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Union Street United Methodist Church, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. This 12-step meeting welcomes men and women. Call (727) 798-7069.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 441-4119.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas gets 'A' 12/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:30am]
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