Milton, Fla.  – Santa Rosa Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered byThe Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.



 



“We are proud of the care that we provide at our hospital,” said Phillip Wright, CEO of Santa Rosa Medical Center. “We have a great group of physicians, nurses and clinical support staff who are passionate about caring for our patients. Patient safety is always our top concern and this score shows that if you need a hospital, you’re safer in Santa Rosa County. Now, more than ever, we’re here to provide quality health care to our community.”



 



“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Santa Rosa Medical Center, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”



 



To see Santa Rosa Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.



 



Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodologyused is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.



 



About The Leapfrog Group



The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit 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.



 



About Santa Rosa Medical Center



Santa Rosa Medical Center is a full service 129-bed modern hospital facility. Located on Berryhill Road in Milton, Fla., Santa Rosa Medical Center is quickly and easily reached from all points in Santa Rosa County. With nearly 400 associates, more than 100 volunteers and more than 100 physicians on staff, Santa Rosa Medical Center is well-equipped to meet all of your healthcare needs. Our mission is to provide America’s best local healthcare to our community. Also part of the Santa Rosa Medical Center family is the Santa Rosa Medical Group which consists of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, urogynecology, neurology, pulmonology and general surgery practices as well as our walk-in and occupational health clinics. For more information please visit www.srmcfl.com, call (850) 626-7762 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SantaRosaMedicalCenter.