Baptist Medical Center Beaches earns top mark for patient safety


Baptist Medical Center Beaches earned an ‘A’ rating in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, joining the top third of more than 2,600 evaluated health care systems selected to receive the highest achievement possible for protecting patient safety. This is the fourth consecutive time Baptist Beaches has received an ‘A’ safety rating.

“Each day, our team members and physicians work diligently to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of quality patient care, no matter the circumstances,” said Joe Mitrick, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Beaches. “We are grateful to be recognized with the highest possible recognition as we continue to develop new initiatives to keep our patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of a national panel of experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign an ‘A-F’ letter grade to acute-care hospitals across the United States. The grade incorporates metrics such as infection, error and accident rates to assess health systems for patient safety, helping consumers and their families make the safest choice for care possible.

Baptist Jacksonville, Baptist Nassau and Baptist South also received ‘A’ ratings, making Baptist Health a ‘straight A’ system for the second consecutive time.

“As we faced unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, our system remained committed to the highest level of patient safety,” said David Rice, M.D., senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Baptist Health. “Our dedication to providing consistent, cutting-edge care using all available protective measures will continue to reassure patients that their safety comes before all else.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of American health care. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and the results are free to the public.


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