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Florida Hospital Waterman Gets an A!

Florida Hospital Waterman is the only hospital in Lake County and Central Florida to receive nine consecutive ‘A’ grades since 2013. And they’ve done it again as one of the region’s leading hospitals focused on patient safety and quality. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A-F to hospitals nationwide based on preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. FHW was one of 832 awarded an A for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“Florida Hospital Waterman has consistently proven that our patient’s safety is our top priority,” said Abel Biri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Hospital Waterman. “We are proud of the honor and our track record. The 9 consecutive “A” grades we have received since Spring 2013 proves that our team is dedicated to providing safe, quality and compassionate care in a patient-centered environment.”

Guided by a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is measured by 27 data and done bi-annually for 2,600 U.S. hospital. These reports are fully transparent and available free to the public.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Florida Hospital Waterman for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

To see Florida Hospital Waterman’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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