Baptist Health Hospitals Ranked among Safest in the Nation

Five Baptist Health Hospitals Receive “A” Grades on Leapfrog Group’s
Most Recent Hospital Safety Score; Three Baptist Health Hospitals
Receive “Straight A’s” for Consistent Performance

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–All eligible hospitals operated by Baptist
Health South Florida
have been recognized by a healthcare industry
watchdog group for their dedication to patient safety. Baptist Hospital,
Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West
Kendall Baptist Hospital each received an “A” grade in the Leapfrog
Group’s Fall 2015 Hospital
Safety Score
, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from
preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
As a critical-access hospital, Mariners Hospital, which is also operated
by Baptist Health, is not eligible to participate in the survey.

Baptist Health is one of the few healthcare systems in the country to
have multiple hospitals earn consistent Straight A’s for eight report
cards in a row. Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Homestead
Hospital have earned Straight A’s since the spring of 2012, the first
time these ratings were released. Only approximately 5 percent of graded
hospitals nationwide have consistently maintained an “A.”

Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA, corporate vice president and chief medical and
quality officer for Baptist Health South Florida, says these scores are
a validation of the Baptist Health team’s commitment to patient safety.
“It is part of the culture at Baptist Health South Florida to provide
the safest care and best outcomes for our patients and that is reflected
in these grades,” he said. “It really is a celebration and recognition
for our doctors, nurses, staff and the entire health care team. I am
very proud of our teams across the system.”

Launched in 2012, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F
grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated
by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free
to the public. For more information about the Hospital Safety Score or
to view the list of state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region,
with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital,
Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami
Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and more than 30 outpatient
and urgent care facilities spanning three counties. The not-for-profit,
faith-based Baptist Health has more than 15,000 employees and 2,200
affiliated physicians, and also includes Baptist Health Medical Group,
Baptist Outpatient Services and internationally renowned centers of
excellence. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising
arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. Baptist Health
was listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies
to Work For in America (#23 in the nation) and has remained on the list
for 15 years. It was also recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical
Companies for the fifth year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. Visit
BaptistHealth.net.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, 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. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main
initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of
patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families
from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Contacts

Baptist Health South Florida
Georgi Morales Pipkin, 786-596-6534
GeorgiP@BaptistHealth.net