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Orlando Health hospitals earn third consecutive “A” score for patient safety

Monday January 13, 2014
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Four Orlando Health hospitals were honored with their third consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The hospitals are Orlando Regional Medical Center, Health Central Hospital, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and South Seminole Hospital, according to a news release.

The “A” score was awarded based on a number of factors including the hospitals’ rates for preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The grades reflect Orlando Health’s commitment to providing high quality care to patients, according to the release.

Orland Health's quality initiatives

Orlando Health has implemented many quality initiatives, all designed to improve care of patients. For example, since introducing an exclusive hospitalist arrangement at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in the spring of 2010, at South Seminole Hospital in the fall of 2011, and at Orlando Regional Medical Center in the spring of 2012, hospitalists’ performance metrics have improved significantly, according to the news release.

Hospital-acquired conditions per 1,000 cases have decreased 24.5%, 30-day readmissions have decreased 17.1% and length of stay has decreased 0.5%. In addition, the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections at Orlando Health was reduced by nearly 60% in three years, according to
the release.

Other successful quality initiatives have resulted in significant declines in central line-associated bloodstream infections, down 34% between 2010 and 2012, and ventilator-associated pneumonia, down 18% during the same period. The declines are expected to show a 52 percent reduction in CLABSI, a 46 percent reduction in VAP, as well as a 22 percent reduction in surgical site infections between end of 2010 and end of 2013.


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