Sebastian River Medical Center Given F Rating

Sebastian River Medical Center
Sebastian River Medical Center

SEBASTIAN – The Sebastian River Medical Center was given an F rating this week by The Leapfrog Group.

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 group’s website.

What’s troubling in the report about the Sebastian River Medical Center is that only two hospitals in the state of Florida received an F rating, one being in our local town.

Sebastian Daily reached out to the hospital for comment, but their public relations person is out of town. No one else wanted to speak about the grade.

There are a number of reasons cited for the failing grade, one being a lack of communication and the fact this hospital doesn’t have the up-to-date system for medication to prevent prescription mistakes.

The Sebastian hospital is also struggling with the number of foreign objects left inside of a patient during a surgery, according to Erica Mobley, the Director of Operation at The Leapfrog Group.

The next grading for the Sebastian River Medical Center will be in October.

Mobley also said that hospitals who get an A grade do have mistakes, but she tells patients to research a medical center or hospital before they go there.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.