Local hospitals receive A’s for patient safety


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Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and its sister hospital, Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, have earned “A” grades for patient safety, the Leapfrog Group announced Wednesday.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit independent health care watchdog, said the hospitals received an “A” for their commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. Fort Walton Beach and Twin Citiesl were two of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive top marks in the Leapfrog Group’s spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score.

“We take exceptional patient care and safety very seriously; it’s what we strive to accomplish every day,” Fort Walton Beach Medical Center CEO Mitch Mongell said in a statement. “We have steadily improved our quality scores over the past five years, thanks in a large part to our outstanding team of physicians, employees and volunteers, as well as our supportive community. I am happy to say we have reached our goal; however, even when we score A’s, we continue our quest to grow and improve.”

Twin Cities CEO David Whalen had a similar view. “We have had a stellar year of accomplishments related to quality and safety at Twin Cities Hospital. These accomplishments are not possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, physicians and volunteers each and every day,” he said in a statement.

The Leapfrog Group gave “B” grades to Sacred Heart Hospital On The Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach and Gulf Breeze Hospital, and “C” grades to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview and Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton.

The grades of all hospitals rated by the Leapfrog Group are available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.