TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The annual Hospital Safety Score report is out – and three Tampa Bay area facilities received “D” grades.

A nonprofit, The Leapfrog Group, funds the report. The nonprofit says its goal is to save “lives by reducing errors, injuries, accidents and infections” in hospitals.

Safety scores can reveal the following information, according to the report:

  • “How well does my hospital prevent infections and encourage handwashing?
  • Does my hospital value patient safety by supporting strong health care teams?
  • Are there protocols and standards in place for preventing errors?”

More than 2,500 hospitals in the United States receive the scores twice each year. A seven-member board guides The Leapfrog Group. The board includes doctors from Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in addition to Ph.Ds from Harvard and Vanderbilt.

How Tampa Bay area hospitals fared

Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Tampa General Hospital and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg all received “D” grades, the lowest marks given in this report.

Meanwhile, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Englewood Community Hospital,  Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, South Florida Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital North received “A” grades.

Find grades here for all the analyzed Florida hospitals.

Previous report gave area hospitals poor marks

In July 2015 a Consumer News investigation revealed how hospitals make patients sick – exposing them to deadly infections.

Two Tampa Bay area hospitals and a third Florida facility, in Jacksonville, ranked among the bottom 12 hospitals in the country in preventing deadly infections, including MRSA and C.diff.

St. Petersburg General Hospital, Venice Regional Bayfront Health and UF Health Jacksonville received the poor marks. Consumer Reports examined the data that more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.