Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Receives an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

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November 09, 2018
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Receives an ‘A’ Grade
for Patient Safety
 
MIRAMAR BEACH, FLA. (Nov. 9, 2018) -- Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
 
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
 
“Protecting patients from harm is our most important responsibility,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s safest healthcare facilities and will continue in our commitment to improving the safety and care of our patients.”
 
Sacred Heart is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system.
 
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
 
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
 
Earlier this year Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast also received the highest Overall Top Performer Award for its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services and a 5-Star Award in the category of Emergency Department Services Overall Quality of Care from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. PRC is an independent research-marketing firm dedicated to the improvement of healthcare nationwide.
 
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was one of a few hospitals in the region to receive a four-star rating from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Inc. for patient experience. For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, please visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.
 
 
To see Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
 
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.
 
About Sacred Heart Health System
In Florida, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola and St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville.  Together, Ascension operates seven hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, and they employ more than 10,000 associates. Across the region, Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2017, they provided $168 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.