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Holy Cross Hospital Awarded an "A" in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 29, 2014) – Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has earned an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Score, the top grade in patient safety in the Score that is designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
 
The Hospital Safety Score 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.
 
“This achievement underscores the dedication of our physicians and Associates to delivering quality healthcare and their deep commitment to patient safety,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. “The Hospital Safety Score is becoming  a standard since, in addition to its own research, the Leapfrog Group utilizes national performance measures from a number of leading sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
 
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 spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
 
“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 Holy Cross Hospital for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority.”  
 
Local and national Scores as well as safety tips for patients and their loved ones are accessible at the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.
 
ABOUT THE LEAPFROG GROUP
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org)  is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
 
ABOUT HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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