Which Florida Hospitals Earn An A-Rating For Safety In The Fall of 2023? Which Earn A D-Rating?

L. Cane

Thinking about a hospital stay at one of Florida's 325 hospitals isn't something that most people want to do. However, if you need a hospital, you undoubtedly want the safest available - as it's your health at play.

For 20 years, the nonprofit organization the LeapFrog group has collected, analyzed, and published data on the safety of America's hospitals.

This article will look at the criteria considered and how Florida's hospitals fared.

What Leapfrog Considered in Its Evaluation: Leapfrog evaluated nearly 3,000 acute-care hospitals across the nation. Leapfrog evaluates criteria such as infections, falls and trauma, preventable complications, hygiene policies, staffing, and safe medication administration, to name just a few examples of the 22 different criteria that are considered.

Overall Findings: Nationally, Leapfrog found that hospitals had fewer infection issues than during the pandemic. Unfortunately, patient feedback wasn't as positive and showed a decline.

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a statement:

“Now that we have pre- and post-pandemic data for patient safety measures, we are encouraged by the improvement in infections and applaud hospitals for reversing the disturbing infection spike we saw during the pandemic. However, there’s still more work to be done. It’s deeply concerning that patient reports about their health care experience continue to decline.”

A "C" rating was the most common grade given nationally (at 39%) versus the 30% of hospitals that received an "A."

How Did Florida Fare?: Florida actually landed in the top 10 states for safety, coming in at number 9, with 38% of Florida's hospitals earning an "A" and beating the national average.

Specifically, 70 of Florida's hospitals earned an "A," 39 earned a "B," 63 earned a "C," 12 earned a "D," and there were no "F" rankings.

The Florida Hospital Grades: Here is a list of the Florida hospitals evaluated with their grades. For the convenience of readers, they are listed in alphabetical order under each grade. One Florida hospital was not ranked. It is noted at the end of the article. Obviously, hospitals receiving an A are the highest-rated.

Hospitals Receiving an "A" in Alphabetical Order:

AdventHealth Altamonte Springs

AdventHealth Apopka

AdventHealth Carrollwood

AdventHealth Celebration

AdventHealth Dade City

AdventHealth Daytona Beach

AdventHealth DeLand

AdventHealth East Orlando

AdventHealth Fish Memorial

AdventHealth Kissimmee

AdventHealth Lake Placid

AdventHealth North Pinellas

AdventHealth Ocala

AdventHealth Orlando

AdventHealth Sebring

AdventHealth Tampa

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

AdventHealth Winter Park

AdventHealth Zephyrhills

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola

Baptist Health Doctors Hospital, Coral Gables

Baptist Health Homestead Hospital

Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville Beach

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach

Baptist Medical Center South, St. Augustine

Bartow Regional Medical Center

Cape Coral Hospital

Gulf Coast Medical Center, Ft. Myers

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital

HCA Florida Englewood Hospital

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital

HCA Florida Lake City Hospital

HCA Florida Memorial Hospital

HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, Gainesville

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital, St. Petersburg

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital

HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital

HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital

HCA Florida Trinity Hospital

HCA Florida West Hospital, Pensacola

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, A part of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

HCA Florida Westside Hospital, Plantation

Healthpark Medical Center

Jupiter Medical Center

Larkin Community Hospital

Lee Memorial Hospital

Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville

Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor

Mease Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin

Memorial Hospital Miramar

Morton Plant Hospital

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

Orlando Health Health Central Hospital

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Orlando Health- Orlando Regional Medical Center

Oviedo Medical Center

Rockledge Regional Medical Center

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

South Florida Baptist Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa

St. Joseph's Hospital - South, Riverview

St. Joseph's Hospital North, Lutz

UF Health Jacksonville

UF Health Shands Hospital

Winter Haven Hospital

Hospitals Receiving a "B" in Alphabetical Order:

AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach

AdventHealth Palm Coast

AdventHealth Waterman, Tavares

Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital East, Boynton Beach

Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital West

Baptist Health South Miami Hospital

Baptist Health West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Broward Health Coral Springs

Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale

Broward Health North

Cleveland Clinic Hospital Weston

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine

Gulf Breeze Hospital

HCA Florida Aventura Hospital

HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital

HCA Florida Capital Hospital

HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital

HCA Florida Kendall Hospital

HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital, Sanford

HCA Florida Largo Hospital

HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, Fort Pierce

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville

HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, Kissimmee

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee

HCA Florida South Shore Hospital, Sun City Center

HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital

HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville

Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Larkin Community Hospital - Palm Springs Campus, Hialeah

Lehigh Regional Medical Center

Memorial Hospital Pembroke

NCH Baker Hospital, Naples

Sacred Heart Hospital On The Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach

St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside, Jacksonville

Steward Sebastian River Medical Center

UF Health North, Jacksonville

Viera Hospital, Melbourne

Hospitals Receiving a "C" In Alphabetical Order:

AdventHealth Lake Wales

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Bay

Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside, Jacksonville

Baptist Health Baptist Hospital of Miami

Baptist Hospital, Pensacola

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

Bravera Health Brooksville

Bravera Health Seven Rivers, Crystal River

Bravera Health Spring Hill

Broward Health Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale

Cape Canaveral Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, Port St. Lucie

Coral Gables Hospital

Delray Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach

Halifax Health UF Health Medical Center of Deltona Hospital

HCA Florida Blake Hospital, Bradenton

HCA Florida Citrus Hospital, Inverness

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital, Port Charlotte

HCA Florida JFK North Hospital, West Palm Beach

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, Miami

HCA Florida Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg

HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee

HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital, Kissimmee

HCA Florida Putnam Hospital, Palatka

HCA Florida Woodmont Hospital, Tamarac

Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne

Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami

Jackson North Medical Center, North Miami Beach

Jackson West Medical Center, Doral

Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Lakeside Medical Center, Bella Glade

Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West

Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton

Melbourne Regional Medical Center

Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines

Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood

Memorial Regional Hospital South, Hollywood

Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach

NCH North Naples Hospital

North Okaloosa Medical Center, Crestview

Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital

Palm Bay Hospital

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Palmetto General Hospital

Parrish Medical Center, Titusville

Physicians Regional Healthcare System - Collier Boulevard

Physicians Regional Healthcare System - Pine Ridge, Naples

Santa Rosa Medical Center, Milton

ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte

ShorePoint Health Punta Gorda

St. Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach

St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County, Middleburg

Steward Hialeah Hospital

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Tampa General Hospital

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

UF Health Leesburg Hospital

UF Health The Villages Hospital

Wellington Regional Medical Center

West Boca Medical Center

Hospitals Receiving a "D" in Alphabetical Order:

Adventhealth Heart of Florida, Davenport

Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital, Stuart

Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital, Stuart

Florida Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale

Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach

Halifax Health Medical Center - Port Orange

HCA Florida Highlands Hospital, Sebring

HCA Florida JFK Hospital, Atlantis

HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, Margate

Jackson South Medical Center, Miami

North Shore Medical Center, Miami

Not Rated:

Jackson Hospital, Marianna

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