Excellence recognized by national patient safety and quality organization
Orlando – Orlando Health hospitals have been recognized for their excellence in keeping patients safe and providing quality care. The Leapfrog Group, a national independent organization that’s committed to healthcare quality and patient safety has released its spring 2022 safety grades in which all Orlando Health legacy hospitals received A grades: Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital and Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, which with this current grading period, has now received its eighth consecutive A grade.
“While we are pleased to receive this recognition by the Leapfrog Group, what’s most important to us is ensuring that our patients receive safe, high-quality healthcare,” said George Ralls, MD, chief medical officer for Orlando Health. “When it comes to safe processes and quality outcomes for our patients, Orlando Health’s initiatives are focused, deliberate and progressively more advanced.”
All Orlando Health hospitals have implemented medication bar code technology and computer physician order entry systems, technologies which are highly effective at ensuring correct administration of medication. All hospitals have also adopted EPIC, the most widely-used and comprehensive health records (CHR) system, to help streamline health data and care delivery for patients and clinicians.
“As our healthcare system continues to grow its footprint across Florida and the southeastern United States, our focus will be on reaching and maintaining in our new facilities the high levels of patient safety and quality currently achieved in our legacy hospitals,” adds Dr. Ralls.
Due to the lag in data capture and reporting by national hospital rating services such as The Leapfrog Group, two recent additions to the Orlando Health family – Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg received C grades this rating period. They will not be 100 percent free of previous owners’ data until at least 2023, and in some cases 2026.