LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Leapfrog Group out of Washington D.C. looked at hospitals across the country for their ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections. A new survey shows mixed results for Southwest Florida.
The rankings show pretty big differences between Lee County and Collier County hospitals.
The group says more than one thousand people die each day from preventable medical errors, and while hospitals nationwide are making progress, some are still falling behind when it comes to patient safety.
The Leapfrog Group rated Lee Memorial Health System hospitals all across the board, with Gulf Coast Medical Center receiving a B, down to Cape Coral with a D. Healthpark and Lee Memorial's main campus both got C's.
The survey looked at how patients do in the hospital, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership that promotes patient safety.
Lee Memorial released a statement to WINK News that says, "There are a dozen different hospital ranking reports that may be useful in choosing a hospital, but none of them paints a complete picture of the care delivered. The Leapfrog quality scores are conspicuous as being out of sync with the continuous improvement we have seen in our patient safety and quality metrics, which are reported quarterly to our Board of Directors and can be accessed on our website at any time. One disconnect with Leapfrog is that during the same reporting period, the health system received dozens of clinical honors by Healthgrades and two of our hospitals were recognized among America’s 50 Best hospitals."
Both the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital and North Naples Hospital received A's. Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System said, “We are honored to be the only healthcare system in southwest Florida to receive a national Hospital Safety Score of “A” from Leapfrog.” “NCH has received dozens of quality awards in various categories over the past decade but nothing is as important to us as the safety and well-being of our patients. It is a privilege and an honor to work with colleagues who put the safety of their patients first every day.”
Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Charlotte County also got an 'A' ranking.
To see how your local hospital fared or to learn more details about the survey, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/