November 16, 2022 – HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Hospital Safety Grade A by The Leapfrog Group.  The distinction makes Palms West the only A-rated hospital for patient safety in Palm Beach County.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses more than 30 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and other data sources to determine a hospital’s grade, which represents its overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“This distinction is a testament to the commitment that the people of HCA Florida Palms West Hospital have to the patients we serve,” said Jason L. Kimbrell, CEO of HCA Florida Palms West Hospital. “We want our community to know that when choosing a hospital for your family’s healthcare, Palms West is unmatched for its service, care and safety.”

Following best practices that were implemented over the past year, Palms West Hospital reduced falls in the facility by 40 percent over 2021 and reduce the fall injury rate to one percent.

This success is in addition to HCA Florida East Florida Division-wide initiatives also adopted by HCA Florida Palms West Hospital that have reduced elopements by 70%, improved VigiLanz Safety Surveillance event reporting across the division, and launched a new initiative to take our safety program to the next level: Make Safety Personal.

View HCA Florida Palms West Hospital’s full Leapfrog Safety Report here.

About HCA Florida Palms West Hospital

Serving Palm Beach County for more than 36 years, Palms West Hospital is a 204-bed full-service acute care hospital accredited by the Children’s Oncology Group. Specializing in emergency services, dedicated pediatric emergency services, pediatric services, pediatric oncology services, pediatric intensive care services, orthopedic and spine care services, maternity, Level II neonatal services, and minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, we provide high quality, exceptional patient care to Loxahatchee residents and the surrounding communities. We have been recognized by Healthgrades ™ in the top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery and named among its 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery.  Within minutes from the Florida Turnpike, the Hospital’s 24-hour emergency room, pediatric emergency room and the HCA Florida Palms West Women’s and Children’s Center provide specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages.