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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Broward Health Imperial Point Receives ‘A’ Grade in Patient Safety for Third Time in a Row



Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The nationally-recognized hospital safety watchdog organization Leapfrog Group® released its updated Hospital Safety Scores this past May. For the third time in a row, Broward Health Imperial Point is among the top-performing hospitals in South Florida to have received an ‘A’ in a national letter-grade system ranking medical facilities on their ability to avoid infections, medication mix-ups and other preventable mishaps that cost nearly 180,000 patient lives each year in the United States.

Using the most comprehensive collection of publicly-available hospital safety data, a panel of patient safety experts from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and other experts from across the United States joined Leapfrog Group® – an independent national non-profit hospital safety advocacy organization - to calculate safety scores for more than 2,500 general hospitals across the U.S.

“We pride ourselves in providing a safe environment for all of our patients” said Alice Taylor, Broward Health Imperial Point CEO. “For the third year in a row, this recognition serves as validation to our outstanding physicians, nurses and supporting hospital staff who work so hard to ensure every patient receives the highest level of quality care.”

Preventable hospital-based errors affect tens of thousands of patients each year in the United States. With an A, B, C, D, or F grade scores, the Hospital Safety Scores are designed to give patients an identifiable, objective tool that they can use to evaluate the safety of hospitals in their region. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated by utilizing 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety selected after a careful and thorough review of all hospital safety data that is publicly available.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.