West Marion Community Hospital, Citrus Memorial Hospital Get High Marks

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By The Staff

A national healthcare ranking organization has given West Marion Community Hospital a B rating, the hospital’s third consecutive B since 2018.

Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness received its fourth consecutive B rating since the fall of 2017, also making it one of the best-ranked hospitals in the area.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit patient-safety organization comprised of a consortium of health care purchasers, issued Citrus Memorial its grade for patient safety this spring. The organization issues grades twice annually. The fourth B marks a significant turnaround since 2015, when Hospital Corporation of America began leasing the hospital. Earlier that year, Leapfrog issued Citrus Memorial a grade of D.

“It (the above average grade) says that we really believe in continuously improving what we do,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Aleman. “And we’re very close to being an A hospital, which is our goal.”