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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Spring safety grades issued to national hospitals, two Ocala hospitals receive an ‘A’

Two hospitals in Ocala were recently recognized with an ‘A’ safety grade following a spring evaluation of general hospitals across the country.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (1431 SW 1st Avenue) and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (4600 SW 46th Court) recently received an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group for their achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and medical errors.

Chad Christianson, CEO of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, said, “We’re incredibly proud of our team who puts patients first every day. It takes everyone’s focus and dedication to achieve an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, and to have earned it at both of our hospitals is no small feat. We are proud to offer best in class healthcare to the greater Ocala community that we serve.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national organization that assigns safety grades (A, B, C, D, or F) to general hospitals across the country based on more than thirty national performance measures such as errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and the systems those hospitals have in place to prevent harm to patients.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program that is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. The grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Binder added, “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

For more information, or to view full grade details, visit the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade webpage.