Fort Walton Beach / Niceville, FL— An announcement released nationally by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital earned an “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety 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.

“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.

“Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital’s “A” grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital, and all other “A” hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” 

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org), allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

“We take exceptional patient care and safety very seriously; it’s what we strive to accomplish every day. We continually receive an “A” grade for our quality, 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. “Being one of the only two hospitals in the tri-county area to receive an “A” for patient safety shows our commitment to the safety of our patients.”

To see Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.