Panama City, FL - Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was awarded its third consecutive 'A' in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital's achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

"Talented physicians and advanced technologies alone do not add up to safe and effective healthcare, which is why we also focus on the little things, like ensuring our colleagues have the most comprehensive safety training," said Brad Griffin, CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. "Our commitment to patient safety is highlighted by a third consecutive 'A' grade from The Leapfrog Group, highlighting our facility as one of the safest hospitals in the country - a distinction we continually strive for."

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.

To see Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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