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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Earns Top Safety Grade
11/29/2012

DENTON, Texas — It’s an “A” for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, according to The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score rankings. The organization considered publicly available quality and safety measures and leadership commitment to creating a safe environment for patients to develop a letter grade for hospitals.

Nationally, about a third of hospitals were ranked “A,” with most hospitals earning a “C” grade. Only 52 hospitals in Texas and less than 800 nationwide earned an “A” grade.

“We are pleased that all of our caregivers’ efforts to continually improve the quality and safety of care we provide have been recognized by The Leapfrog Group,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “From the employees who assist with our electronic health record, to the environmental services employees who provide a clean and safe environment, to our frontline caregivers, every employee at Texas Health Denton can be proud of how they contributed to this score and to improving the experience of each patient.”

Other Texas Health hospitals to be graded an “A” are located in Arlington, Azle, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Southwest Fort Worth, Stephenville and Plano. Texas Health hospitals in Allen, Dallas and Kaufman were graded a “B”, still well above most hospitals in the country.

Texas Health has implemented a number of tools to help its hospitals improve their patient safety, such as an electronic health record and training on how to better communicate as a team. Texas Health hospitals also share best practices with each other, providing ongoing learning and growth in skills.

The Hospital Safety Scores are calculated using 26 different measures, including hospital staffing, measures of safety related to surgery and procedures for caregivers, such as medication reconciliation.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 45 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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