Fort Walton Beach / Niceville, FL - Hospital Corporation of America facilities Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital were both recognized for their dedication to patient safety by being awarded "A" grades in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, and infections within the hospital.

"We have had a stellar year for accomplishments related to quality and patient safety. These accomplishments are not possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, physicians, and volunteers each and every day," said David Whalen, CEO of Twin Cities Hospital.

"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

"We take exceptional patient care and safety very seriously; it's what we strive to accomplish every day. We have steadily improved our quality scores over the past five years, thanks in large part to our outstanding team of physicians, employees, and volunteers, as well as our supportive community," said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. "I am happy to say we have reached our goal; however, even when we score A's, we continue our quest to grow and improve."

Developed under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections: C.diff and MRSA.

To see Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.