Gainesville, FL – Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) with an ‘A’ – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and gives consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“This recognition is another tribute to all physicians, nurses and other clinical providers who are part of the team that provides care to patients at North Florida Regional Medical Center,” says Ward Boston III, President and Chief Executive Officer of NFRMC. “We are proud to be awarded this highest grade in an area of prime importance, and we are grateful to the caregivers here who put patient safety first.”

“Safety should come first for our families because errors and infections can be common and deadly,” says Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration and staff of North Florida Regional Medical Center for achieving an ‘A’ again and showing us you made the well-being of your patients a top priority.”

This is not the first time North Florida Regional Medical Center received the top safety score from The Leapfrog Group. NFRMC also received an ‘A’ score when Leapfrog released previous scores in the Fall of 2013.

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 U.S. hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014 with about 32 percent receiving an ‘A’ grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

Anyone interested in reviewing safety scores locally and nationally and in downloading a Hospital Safety Score app can do so by logging onto www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Safety tips for patients are also available on the website.

“All of us will continue our efforts to raise the bar in quality healthcare and patient safety,” Boston says. “Our patients deserve the very best, and that is what we will strive to deliver.”