Blake Medical Center Gets an “A” for Patient Safety

July 10, 2014

Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center received an “A” on the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score.  The Hospital Safety Score is designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.  It is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.  The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“We are proud to be nationally recognized for our exceptional standards of patient safety.   At Blake Medical Center, we strive to provide every patient the highest quality of care available,” said hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Friedrich.

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score.  “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration and staff of Blake Medical Center for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.  More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the Spring of 2014, with only 32% receiving an “A” grade.