Orange Park Medical Center October 31, 2016

Orange Park, FL - Orange Park Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

The hospital safety score is compiled and administered under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group - a leading expert on patient safety.

“This recognition is a reflection of our continued commitment to our patients and all who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for those we serve,” said Chad Patrick,” chief executive officer at Orange Park. “We are proud to have earned this honor and we strive every day to continue meeting these nationally recognized standards.”

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.

“Orange Park’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts the clinicians and staff to protect patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend Orange Park for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”

Developed 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 October 2016, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The hospital safety score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see Orange Park’s full scores, and to access consumer-friendly tips, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

The hospital safety score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, 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. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.