Sebastian River Medical Center Drops from A to C Grade

Sebastian Medical Center receives C grade.
Sebastian Medical Center receives C grade.

The Sebastian River Medical Center received a C grade, according to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

The hospital did very well with preventing infections and having no problems with surgery.

The report shows that SRMC needs to work on preventing errors. The grade also suggests that there needs better communication with doctors, nurses.

The latest grade comes after the private hospital was awarded an A grade last spring. In April 2018, the hospital received an F grade.

“Sebastian River Medical Center received a Leapfrog A-grade last spring, and we will not be satisfied until we continuously receive A-grades moving forward. We are doubling down on our commitment to patient safety and have made some critical adjustments in recent months that are already driving significant performance improvement. We expect to once again achieve an A grade in the next Leapfrog report,” a hospital spokesperson told Sebastian Daily.

The Leapfrog Group is a firm that scores hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 27 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety,” according to the group’s website.

Last month, Sebastian River Medical Center president Kyle Sanders stepped down, calling his exit a “difficult decision.” Sanders said he accepted an unspecified new job.

Steward Health Care, which owns the hospital, is currently seeking a new president.

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