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Florida Hospital North Pinellas gets high ranking
Article published on Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Florida Hospital North Pinellas received the highest score among local hospitals in the Consumer Report 2014 Safety and Mortality Ratings.
TARPON SPRINGS – Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been ranked among the top-performing hospitals in Pinellas County in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Safety and Mortality Ratings.

Every year, Consumer Reports ranks nearly 2,500 hospitals on hospital safety, patient outcomes, patient experience and hospital practices.

Although no local hospitals ranked high on the 100-point scale, Florida Hospital North Pinellas’ score of 59 was still highest among Tampa Bay area hospitals.

“For us, it’s validation,” said Karen Owensby, chief clinical officer at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “Obviously, in a hospital, safety and quality are the most important things. It’s one thing to measure yourself, but to have an outside entity say you’re safe, that means a lot.”

Countrywide, Miles Memorial Hospital in Maine ranked highest with a score of 78. In Florida, Parrish Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital in Titusville, scored the highest at 68. But in Tampa Bay, the Tarpon Springs hospital found competition only among Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, both of which also scored 59. Lowest scores in the area included St. Petersburg General (25), Bayfront Health Dade City (31) and Northside Hospital (33).

However, Owensby said that the Consumer Reports rating, as well as other external ratings from various organizations, only affect non-emergent admissions so much. Physician preferences and insurance also play a large role in a hospital decision.

Since joining the Adventist Health System in 2010, Florida Hospital North Pinellas has seen rapid growth. Currently, the hospital has 168 beds, nine operating rooms, two cesarean section suites, a 13-bed Critical Care Unit and a nine-bed women’s center. In January, the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation pledged $750,000 to the hospital to help fund its Robotic Assisted Surgery program, which included the purchase of a da Vinci Surgical System.

“I’m looking at why we weren’t better than we were,” Owensby said. “In looking at {the report), readmission (rates are) an opportunity to improve. What are we doing there and how can we do it better?”
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