Lakeland Regional Health Earns ‘A’ Rating On Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scorecard

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce it once again earned an “A” rating on the Hospital Safety Scorecard from The Leapfrog Group today. The Leapfrog Group compares more than 2,600 hospitals using rigorous reporting criteria for 27 measures. Lakeland Regional Health has earned four “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group since April 2015. It is one of 832 hospitals receiving an “A” grade this month.

“We are honored to be among the highest-performing hospitals in the United States,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our team continuously strives to provide the best outcomes and safest care by applying evidence-based industry practices to all we do at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.”

The Leapfrog “A” is one of the most significant honors a hospital can earn. The Hospital Safety Score is considered the gold standard rating in evaluating hospital performance on quality, safety and resource use, and it is one of the most important indicators for patients and their families looking for a safe place to receive care. A hospital’s safe practices are rated on awareness, accountability, ability and action.

“Our highly skilled nursing team works diligently to ensure that each patient receives compassionate, safe and quality care,” said Janet Fansler, DNP, RN, CENP, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive. “We are proud of the tremendous impact our nurses and our entire team make and their dedication to clinical excellence.”

The voluntary, free Leapfrog Group Survey is conducted twice a year by the national not-for-profit organization and is focused on promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. The group is endorsed by the National Quality Forum. The rating signifies how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accident and infections. Leapfrog not only uses data from its survey but also from other sources, such as the American Hospital Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Though the Leapfrog Group Survey provides a snapshot of care, it is by no means the only source of information available to healthcare consumers.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment. We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Lakeland Regional Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

This is the second safety-related honor Lakeland Regional Health received this month. The Florida Hospital Association recently named Lakeland Regional Health the 2017 Celebration of Service Award winner in the over-150-bed category for Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety.

In addition, Lakeland Regional Health has earned a number of state and national recognitions in the last 12 months, including “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” and “135 Non-Profit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.


About Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is Florida’s fifth largest hospital, part of the nationally recognized Orlando Health system. Founded in 1916 as Morrell Memorial Hospital, this 849-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department. It handles over 1,300 trauma visits annually and holds accreditations for its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Three hybrid operating rooms and a catheterization lab offer patients the least invasive surgeries possible and enhanced safety. Its Emergency Department earned the 2014 Innovation of the Year from the Florida Hospital Association and the 2014 EmCare Genesis Cup Award. The state-of-the-art, 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine provides evidence-based, innovative inpatient physical rehabilitation services designed to dramatically improve patient outcomes.


About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national not-for-profit organization driving a movement for quality and safety in American healthcare. The Hospital Survey and the Hospital Safety Score are two of Leapfrog’s big initiatives, collecting and transparently reporting hospital performance and allowing consumers to find the highest-value care and make informed decisions.


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