Hospital repeats “A” grade

Hospital repeats “A” grade

UF Health Shands Hospital has scored the highest grade for patient safety for a third consecutive term in a national rating system.

In October, we received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that aims to reduce preventable medical errors and reward hospitals that have a proven record of high-quality care.

Of the 2,520 hospitals rated nationwide, approximately 31 percent received an “A.” This number is down by 14 hospitals since the previous report released in April.

An “A” to “D” or “F” grade is assigned based on 28 measures of publicly reported safety data, including hand hygiene, ICU staffing, surgical site infections and more. Data sources include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

All U.S. hospitals that have sufficient publicly available data are graded with some exceptions, including critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, federal hospitals and hospitals in Maryland and other territories exempt from public reporting to the CMS.

Leapfrog was originally founded by a consortium of employers and private health care experts. Now independently operated, Leapfrog publishes the Hospital Safety Scores twice annually.

For more information about Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score, visit