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When it comes to hospitals, everyone knows of a place to go. However, if someone was to ask you what your hospital was graded based on safety, would you know? I didn’t either, but now we do thanks to Leapfrog. Here are the Tampa hospital safety grades for the next time someone asks you how good is your Tampa hospital.

When we say “how safe is your hospital?” we aren’t talking about the hospital’s security measures. Although that is important to consider. When talking about patient safety, Leapfrog refers to medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. In order to receive a good score, the hospital has to have a good team and system with checks in place to prevent any mistakes.

How Leapfrog Got The Tampa Hospital Safety Grades

Leapfrog is a national independent nonprofit that uses up to 30 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and produces a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. After evaluating 3000 hospitals, the data is analyzed by their expert panel and evaluated on the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity for improvement and impact. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine. 

Everyone will be pleased to know that Florida is in good hands. The Sunshine State ranks 13th in the nation for patient safety. More specifically, Tampa Bay area ranks 16th with roughly 55% of hospitals receiving an A as a grade. Good news for everyone in the bay area. If you would like to check your hospital’s grade for spring 2024, go to hospitalsafetygrade.org.

There are 32 hospitals in the Tampa bay area, including areas like New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Pete, Tampa, Brandon, and Wesley Chapel. For the sake of time in this article, we only focused on 10 central Tampa hospitals, mainly in the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area. Where does your hospital rank?

Tampa Hospital Safety Grades From Highest and Lowest

  • Saint Joseph's Hospital - A

    Address: 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

    Saint Joseph’s Hospital has consistently scored an A since Fall 2021. They have scored 100 in practices to prevent errors, and doctors, nurses, and staff.

  • HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital - A

    Address: 2901 W Swann Ave

    HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital has improved over the past 3 years. They went from a “B” score in 2021, down to a “C” in 2022, then earned an “A” grade in Fall of 2023. They scored low in infection rates and problems with surgery.

  • AdventHealth Carrollwood - A

    Address: 7171 North Dale Mabry Highway

    AdventHealth is one of the highly talked about hospitals in the Tampa Bay area. They’ve had an “A” grade in patient safety dating back to the Fall of 2021. They scored 100 in measures that protects patients from errors or injuries like  staff working together, nursing and bedside care, and effective leadership.

  • St. Joseph's Hospital - North - A

    Address: 4211 Van Dyke Rd

    St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Tampa has been an “A” hospital since Fall 2022, upgrading from a “B” grade the year before.

  • Morton Plant Hospital - A

    Address: 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater

    Morton Plant Hospital has been a highly graded hospital since Fall 2021. The received the best score possible for practices to prevent errors, hospital staff, and problems with surgery.

  • St. Anthony's Hospital - A

    Address: 1200 Seventh Avenue North, St. Petersburg

    St. Anthony’s Hospital is the only “A” rated hospital in the St. Pete area. They scored low in infection rates and problems with surgery.

  • Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital - B

    Address: 701 Sixth Street South

    Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital (formerly Bayfront Health St. Petersburg) has seen improvements in their scores over the past few years. They were graded a “D” back in Spring of 2021 and a “C” in Fall 2023.

  • AdventHealth Tampa - B

    Address: 3100 East Fletcher Avenue

    AdventHealth Tampa is actually dropped a grade from 2021-2023. They scored above average in infections and slightly above average in safety problems like complications.

  • Tampa General Hospital - C

    Many may be surprised to see TGH with a C grade, but this is actually the fourth “C” ranking of the past six rankings. Even though they are consistently ranked among the nation and world as one of best hospitals, Tampa General scored below average in more than half a dozen categories which sank their score. It just shows that even though a hospital that is seen as world leader for patient safety and patient outcomes can still receive an average grade with Leapfrog’s strict grading system.


  • HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital - C

    Address: 6500 38th Ave N

    HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital has had a declining grade in the past year. They had an “A” grade all 2022 and spring 2023. They declined to report their scores for Effective leadership to prevent errors, nursing and bedside care, and staff’s working together.

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