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Updated: 04/21/2017 09:36:18PM

Venice Regional’s safety grade goes up

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Attorneys for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health are preparing for a trial that might not happen, to defend their clients' certificates of need (CON) for new hospitals. A bill that's in the state Senate would eliminate the need for a CON and let both projects move forward.


Venice Regional Bayfront Health officials attribute the drop to a two-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to a new patient safety indicator that wasn't previously required to be reported..


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Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) finally saw its Hospital Safety Score improve this spring, but only to a “C” after getting a “D” last spring and fall.

In a press statement, the hospital attributed the improvement to “positive responses to questions about medication safety and the hospital’s culture of safety.”

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