JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- A new report card on hospital safety gives good grades to most Jacksonville area medical centers, but one received a "D" grade.
UF Health Jacksonville received the worst score of the 12 hospitals listed in a search of the "Jacksonville area" from hospitalsafetyscore.org. Their "D" grade is the lowest score the hospital received in the past three years. UF Health received a "C" grade twice in 2015 and "B" grades in 2013 and 2014.
The report is done twice a year by The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit group that advocates for public access to quality and safety data from U.S. hospitals.
Five local hospitals, St. Vincents Southside, Baptist Beaches, Baptist Nassau, Mayo Clinic, and SE Georgia Health-Camden, all scored "A" grades. Three others, Memorial, Orange Park, and St. Vincents Riverside, received "B" grades. Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine also received a "B" grade.
The report looks at errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and hospital-reported safety practices in several areas.
According to the report, of the 2,571 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 798 earned an A, 639 earned a B, 957 earned a C, 162 earned a D and 15 earned an F.
The report says "Of the 206,021 avoidable deaths occurring in all hospitals, 162,117 occur in B, C, D, and F hospitals. The analysis concluded an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals had the same performance as those receiving an A."
UF Health has issued a statement:
At UF Health, our goal is to provide the best service and highest-quality care to our patients and their families. We provide irreplaceable, critical health services to the region. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is one of many rating and ranking systems, among them U.S. News & World Report, which lists us among the nation’s best hospitals. We review all outside reports, both positive and negative, on the care we provide to our patients because we are consistently striving to improve.
To find out how your hospital did, click here.