Ocala Regional Medical Center & West Marion Community Hospital Awarded Top Safety Score
November 28, 2012
Ocala, FL – Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital were honored with 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 are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“This score demonstrates the rigorous quality and patient safety efforts our team makes each and every day at our hospitals. It reflects our drive to provide the best care possible to our community.” said Randy McVay, Chief Executive Officer, Ocala Health.
McVay notes that when choosing a hospital, patients should consider a variety of factors, speak with their physician about their individual care plan, and look up safety and quality information for their state. “We welcome any opportunity to review our data and improve our performance. Ultimately, we want to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
“Hospitals like these that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
To see Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
The Leapfrog Group 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.