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    Mayo Clinic in Florida Recognized for Safety and as ‘Top Hospital’ in Leapfrog Rankings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic's hospital on its Florida campus is being recognized this week as one of the top hospitals in the nation by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Only 92 U.S. hospitals out of 1,200 were named to the 2012 Top Hospitals list. Of those 92, three from Mayo Clinic made the list:

  • Mayo Clinic hospital, Florida
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Arizona
  • Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester

Mayo Clinic is the only hospital in Northeast Florida and one of only two hospitals in the state to make the list of top hospitals.

The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals' performance on patient safety and quality by focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. Survey results are posted online and are open to patients and families, the public, employers, and other purchasers of health care.

"We strive every day to provide the highest quality of care to our patients," says William Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. "We commend the hard work of our employees for this outstanding recognition as we continue to achieve our quality goals of reducing mortality rates and health-care associated infections, and increasing patient satisfaction. Our mission is to deliver evidence-based medicine in a safe environment with compassion, integrity and respect for our patients."

Patient safety

Last week Leapfrog also recognized Mayo Clinic's hospitals in Florida, Arizona and Rochester and two Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals that earned an "A" for patient safety.

Mayo Clinic hospitals that received an "A" grade are:

  • Mayo Clinic hospital, Florida
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Arizona
  • Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester
  • Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester
  • Austin, Minn., Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Fairmont, Minn., Mayo Clinic Health System

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single grade that is intended to reflect a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and errors.

"Our commitment to safety means that we will continue to find new ways to improve the care we deliver to our patients each and every day," says Nancy Dawson, M.D., chair, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida. "There are a number of ratings and rankings that are used to compare health care value. We consider Leapfrog an excellent, independent and objective assessment of quality of care."

Leapfrog is one of many ranking groups that recognize Mayo Clinic as a top choice for patients.

Media Contact: Kevin Punsky, 904-953-2299 (days), punsky.kevin@mayo.edu