Venice Regional Achieves Second Consecutive “A” Safety Rating | Venice Gondolier Sun
VENICE – Venice Regional Bayfront Health received a second consecutive “A” safety rating from the Leapfrog group in ratings released Thursday.
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital also repeated their “A” grades.
Most of the data the Leapfrog group used to assess facilities was the same as that used in last fall’s report due to the pandemic, according to its website.
This left VRBH’s scores on the 27 measures analyzed essentially unchanged, and its rating an “A”.
“We are pleased to have achieved the ‘A’ rating that we achieved,” Kelly Enriquez, CEO of VRBH, said in a press release. “Our physicians and employees work diligently to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients.”
The ratings are based on two sets of standards: outcome measures, which include “errors, accidents and injuries that this hospital has publicly reported”, and process measures, which include “management structures and procedures. that a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors. , accidents and injuries, ”the report says.
VRBH was rated above average in 13 of 15 outcome measures, including preventing infection and preventing pressure sores and blood clots.
It was also above average in six of the 12 process measures, including effective leadership and staff working together to prevent errors and administer medications safely.
The only below-average outcome measures were dangerous objects left in a patient’s body and splitting surgical wounds.
The only five metrics in which updated data was used were the five patient satisfaction metrics established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Obamacare. The report used the calendar year 2019 instead of the last quarter of 2018 and the first three quarters of 2019.
VRBH scored below average for nurse communications, physician communications, staff responsiveness, medication communications, and discharge communications.
SMH has received an “A” rating in every report since it began being rated by the Leapfrog Group in 2016.
It also received another five-star rating Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“The commitment of our hospital staff, physicians and volunteers to this community has never been more evident than during this pandemic,” SMH-Sarasota President Lorrie Liang said in a press release. “No matter what the challenge, they continue to work together to provide the best care on the Suncoast.”
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Englewood Community Hospital, both owned by HCA Healthcare, continued long runs of “A” grades: 14 straight for Doctors Hospital, 18 for Englewood.
“As we worked through the pandemic and treated patients, with this highly contagious virus, we had to adapt with PPE (personal protective equipment) and improved infection prevention measures to keep our community safe and of our caregivers, ”CEO Bob Meade said in a statement. Release. “It shows our commitment to safety and quality, even with the challenges of a pandemic, that we didn’t have a single COVID-19 caregiver contract while we were working.”
“Our caregivers at Englewood Community Hospital continue to demonstrate their commitment and compassion to our patients, as evidenced by our ‘A’ rating for 18 consecutive reporting periods.” Steve Young, CEO of Englewood Community Hospital, said in a statement.
In Charlotte County, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda; Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte have all received C.
“Fawcett Memorial Hospital is committed to providing its patients with high quality, safe health services,” he said in a press release. “We are very pleased to have recently received the Healthgrades Excellence Award for Patient Safety, which ranks us among the top 10% of top hospitals in the country. We are also delighted to have won the Best Hospital award by our local newspaper Charlotte Sun for the 16th year in a row.
“These recognitions are very important to us as we move forward with our safety agenda and focus on improving Leapfrog’s score.”
Charlotte County Bayfront Hospitals officials did not respond to the request for comment on Thursday.
Over 2,700 hospitals in all states were assessed during this rating period, 33% receiving an “A”, 24% receiving a “B”, 35% receiving a “C”, 7% receiving a “D” and less than 1% receiving an “F.”
To see Leapfrog’s full results and to learn more about how data is collected and calculated, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.