Baptist Medical Center South receives highest mark in patient safety from national rating agency

Hospital earns highest “A” grade for quality of care.

Jacksonville, Fla., November 10, 2021Baptist Medical Center South is top of the class for patient safety according to a national organization’s latest rating. Baptist South received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021, which recognizes the hospital’s achievements in providing the highest level of quality and safety.

This is the fourth consecutive time that Baptist South has received an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization committed to health care quality and safety.

“The ‘A’ grade is a testament to the Baptist South team’s unwavering commitment to safety, for our patients and their families,” said Kyle Dorsey, FACHE, hospital president. “In health care, there’s nothing more important than safety. I am proud our team achieved this recognition to highlight their daily commitment to quality.” 

Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Baptist Medical Center Nassau also received “A” ratings from the organization.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit watchdog organization, assigns letter grades A, B, C, D, or F to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures and their record of patient safety, which helps consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Baptist South for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

Go here to see details on The Leapfrog Group website.

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About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital.  All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care, which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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