Parrish Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (October 31, 2016)— New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and which provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.
  
Parrish Medical Center (PMC) once again earned an “A,” ranking among the top 1.2 percent safest hospitals in the United States.

In an email to PMC, Tom Zemon from The LeapFrog Group wrote, “With the release of the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, it’s official: Your hospital has earned ‘Straight As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade since 2012. Your hospital is one of only 72 hospitals across the nation who are able to stake this claim, making it part of an exclusive group consistently dedicated to patient safety. Congratulations on this impressive achievement.”

“As Brevard’s only independent, not-for-profit community hospital, I am incredibly proud of the impeccable and sustained safety record achieved by our talented and dedicated team of care partners,” said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center. “We value and appreciate organizations like The LeapFrog Group who serve to make patient safety a priority and look forward to a day when all of America’s hospitals earn an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade, because every person deserves nothing less,” added Mikitarian.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.

”Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, and is fully transparent and free to the public.

To see PMC’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers may also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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About Parrish Medical Center
Parrish Medical Center (PMC), a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida. The 210-bed, not-for-profit acute care public medical center has been serving Brevard County for nearly 60 years. PMC is the first in the nation to be Integrated Care certified by The Joint Commission and is nationally recognized as One of America’s Finest Healing Environments®. PMC has earned top rankings on The SafeCare Group’s Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals® since 2015. The Joint Commission consistently named PMC as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, recognizing PMC for “exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care.” The hospital has earned straight “A” safety ratings (since 2012) from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts. In 2014, Consumer Reports recognized PMC as Florida’s safest hospital. PMC, as compared to other U.S. hospitals, maintains top-tier national rankings for clinical outcomes, safety and patients’ experiences. For more information, visit www.parrishmed.com.

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 healthcare. 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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.    

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