Kissimmee, FL – Osceola Regional Medical Center has been honored with an “A” grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

While many hospitals are good at keeping their patients safe, some hospitals aren’t. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. With the Hospital Safety Score, The Leapfrog Group aims to educate and encourage consumers to consider safety when selecting a hospital for themselves or their families. “Receiving the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score of “A” is a true honor.” Says Robert Krieger, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center. “This ‘A’ rating is a reflection of the work we have collectively done to ensure that we provide the highest quality of safety for our patients. I am proud of the dedication and commitment our entire team has demonstrated.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2015, with about 782 hospitals out of 2523 receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. It is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.