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Clearwater, Florida -- Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater was just ranked by Consumer Reports as one of the best hospitals in our area for safety.

The hospital got a 59 out of 100, just above the 51 national average.

Morton Plant Hospital president Kristopher Hoce said, "We are here to heal but if we don't have a culture of safety, people can get hurt."

The culture of safety is something Alyssa Cudmore says her grandma knows well.

Cudmore's grandmother had a botched surgery in Texas, but is under different "Angry that they didn't take care of grandma like they said they were going to take care of grandma."

Now her grandma is under different post surgical care here at Morton Plant Hospital. Cudmore says, "She will be walking a lot better now."

Click here to see the rankings of other area hospitals

The hospital was ranked better than average for things like bloodstream infections and avoiding re-admissions.

On the other end of the spectrum is St. Petersburg General Hospital, which tied for 10th worst national. It is ranked average in surgery adverse events and worse than average in drug Information and bloodstream infections.

A spokesperson responded by saying other nationally recognized agencies have rank the hospital as a top performer in areas like surgical care.

Consumer Reports says the difference between a top hospital and a bottom hospital can be the difference between life and death and that 440,000 patients die in hospitals each year.

Experts say there are also ways patients can protect themselves:

  • Have a friend or family member with you to be your advocate, especially if you are unable to speak for yourself -Before a hospitalization, do your homework on treatments, medications, tests
  • Keep a journal documenting what is happening - especially if something goes wrong
  • Also, check out more than one survey
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