Top of the Class: Four Lee Health Hospitals Earn “A” Grades for Patient Safety

 Lee Health
Posted at 11:55 PM, Dec 14, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, The Leapfrog Group announced its Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades, awarding Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital each “A” grades. This is the fourth straight report card in which all four of the health system's adult acute care hospitals have earned the highest national marks for safe care.

“Every patient should feel confident they are receiving safe health care when they visit one of our hospitals. We thank all of the doctors, advanced providers, nurses and support staff for their commitment to providing safe and compassionate care to our patients,” said Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health president and CEO. “Leapfrog is a national leader in moving quality health care forward and we are honored to be recognized during this critical time for the level of care we are providing patients in Southwest Florida.”

The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“It is an honor to receive the highest grades for safe care for the fourth straight report card. These scores are a testament to the efforts we have taken to reduce hospital-acquired infections and improve overall patient safety throughout the health system,” said Scott Nygaard, M.D., MBA, chief operating officer at Lee Health. “It takes leadership, teamwork and focus to achieve this award, especially during this pandemic. We thank our amazing staff for their dedication and commitment to providing our patients safe, high-quality care.”

Since 2000, The Leapfrog Group has promoted improved health care safety, quality and affordability in the United States through a commitment to transparency. The non-profit organization releases its hospital safety grades twice a year, rating hospitals on 27 measures of safety data. Only 34 percent of the more than 2,600 acute care hospitals Leapfrog graded received an “A.” To earn a top grade, hospitals must receive a raw score of at least 3.159.

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Last week Leapfrog recognized HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as among 103 Top Hospitals in the U.S.

Lee Health’s full report card is below:

Cape Coral Hospital A / 3.2512
Gulf Coast Medical Center A / 3.1650
HealthPark Medical Center A / 3.2944
Lee Memorial Hospital A / 3.3848

To learn more about Leapfrog’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades, please visit