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Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center Earns ‘A’ for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

Hospital has achieved straight A's since Fall 2012

Panama City, FL - Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. 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, nonprofit hospital safety 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.

"We have had a stellar year for accomplishments related to quality and patient safety. We have earned straight A's since Fall 2012. These accomplishments are not possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, physicians and volunteers each and every day," said Carlton Ulmer, president and chief executive officer at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

"Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff," said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care."

Developed 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 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, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.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.

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