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A new ranking grades every hospital in Tampa Bay, based on safety

Leapfrog, an independent nonprofit, rated hospitals based on hand washing, infection rates, patient falls and other factors.
A nurse at Tampa General Hospital holds a special stethoscope used for critical patients in the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit there. The hospital received a C grade from Leapfrog, an independent nonprofit which ranks hospitals nationally for patient safety.
A nurse at Tampa General Hospital holds a special stethoscope used for critical patients in the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit there. The hospital received a C grade from Leapfrog, an independent nonprofit which ranks hospitals nationally for patient safety. [ Times (2018) ]
Published Nov. 7, 2019

AdventHealth hospitals across the Tampa Bay area received the highest grades for patient safety by Leapfrog, an independent nonprofit that routinely ranks hospitals across the country.

The organization released its fall 2019 grades Thursday, which showed Florida ranked No. 19 in the country for patient safety. The safety grade is determined by rating hospitals in a variety of ways, from hand washing, to infection rates and patient falls, among other considerations. Leapfrog uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and 28 other outcome and performance measures to determine an overall A through F grading system.

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Tampa General Hospital, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, received a B, which is an improvement over the C grade it received in the spring. Nearly all AdventHealth hospitals, from Wesley Chapel to Carrollwood to Tampa, received A grades. St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa received a C grade.

In St. Petersburg, Bayfront Health received a C, which is up from the D it got in the spring. BayCare’s St. Anthony’s Hospital ranked a D this fall, which is a drop from the C grade it received earlier in the year.

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