PANAMA CITY, FL – Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Quality care and patient safety is a top priority for Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. Our Leapfrog grade A score is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication from our employees, physicians and volunteers each and every day,” said Brad Griffin, CEO at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine–member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

To see Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's score as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital's score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.