UF Shands receives “A” safety grade

UF Shands Hospital
UF Shands Hospital.
Courtesy of UF Health

The Leapfrog Group recently gave UF Health Shands Hospital an “A” hospital safety grade.

The grade reflects UF Shands Hospital’s performance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the hospital prioritized patient safety by protecting patients from preventable errors and harm.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit that reports on quality and safety in ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals.

“Receiving the top grade from Leapfrog speaks to the tremendous effort our caregivers put into the work they do,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, in a press release. “Maintaining an exceptionally high level of quality and patient safety through an unprecedented pandemic speaks volumes about the dedication and skill of our health care providers.”

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The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the lone ratings program for hospitals based on the prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The peer-reviewed grading system focuses on transparency and is free to the public. Every fall and spring, the grades are updated.

“Our caregivers work hard day in and day out to provide high-quality care to patients,” said Jim Kelly, interim CEO of UF Health Shands, in the press release. “It’s truly an honor when that work is recognized by an organization like The Leapfrog Group.”

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