Englewood, FL, April 25, 2016 - New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Englewood Community Hospital was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

"When selecting a hospital for your family's healthcare needs, it is important to choose a facility that has the patient's safety top of mind. At Englewood Community Hospital, our dedicated team of professionals strive to provide Sarasota, Charlotte and surrounding counties with the highest quality of patient safety. The safety measures that we have in place help to protect our patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections," said Valerie Powell-Stafford, FACHE, President & CEO of Englewood Community Hospital.

"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C. diff and MRSA. To see Englewood Community Hospital's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About the Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Englewood Community Hospital

Englewood Community Hospital is a 100-bed, acute care facility, offering a wide variety of healthcare services to Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Englewood Community Hospital has received The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Heart Failure, Total Knee and Total Hip, AHCA Primary Stroke Center Designation, Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award. For more information about the services of Englewood Community Hospital, please visit EnglewoodCommunityHospital.com or contact Tiffany Briggs at (941) 473-5035.