May 15, 2019
Palatka, FL – Putnam Community Medical Center (PCMC) was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes PCMC’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Putnam Community Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see PCMC’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
“For Putnam Community Medical Center this is a testament to the major ‘leaps’ we’ve taken in providing care for our community. In 2015 before the HCA Healthcare investment in PCMC, we were rated an “F” hospital by Leap Frog, who has since tightened their standards in grading community hospitals.” CEO Mark Dooley, Putnam Community Medical Center “We strive to provide the highest quality care to our friends and neighbors in this community, and I’m happy that this organization has recognized the outcome of improvement and quality healthcare in our facility.”