Lakeland Regional Health joins 41 Florida hospitals receiving an A rating in safety from the Leapfrog Group out of 168 institutions analyzed. The group analyzes 30 qualities and gave LRH 19 ratings of above average, 2 average and 9 below average. 

Four of the nine below-average ratings involve communication with patients and medical staff. Other below-average ratings shown on the detail page for LRH were for:

  • Blood infections during ICU stays
  • Dangerous object left in patient’s body during surgery
  • Serious breathing problems during surgery
  • Patient falls
  • Air or gas bubble in the blood

Areas in which LRH received highest ratings possible were:

  • Doctors ordering medications via computer
  • Staff accurately recording patient medications
  • Handwashing
  • Staff working together to prevent problems
  • Track and reduce risks to patients
  • Taking steps to prevent ventilator problems
  • Effective leadership to prevent problems
  • Enough qualified nurses
  • Specially trained doctors in the ICU

Screenshots showing LRH scores. Get more detail here.

Leapfrog Group describes itself as a nonprofit organization founded by “large employers and other purchasers … empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.”

Its website describes each of the 30 rating areas and gives a numerical score for each, showing how the hospital compares with other institutions.

LRH announced the score this week, saying this is the organization’s third consecutive A rating.

Leapfrog issues reports twice a year. It gave LRH two A ratings in 2015, two B ratings in 2014 and a D and a C in 2013.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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