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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Earns Top Grade in Hospital Safety Score Rankings
12/06/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — It’s an “A” for Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, 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 thrilled that all of our caregivers’ efforts to continually enhance the quality and safety of care we provide have been recognized by The Leapfrog Group,” said Kirk King, president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial. “From the employees assisting with our electronic health record, to employees providing a clean and safe environment, not to mention our frontline caregivers addressing the needs of individuals, employees at Texas Health Arlington Memorial can be proud of how they contributed to this score and to improving the hospital experience of each patient we are blessed to serve.”

Other Texas Health hospitals to be graded an “A” are located in Azle, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Southwest Fort Worth, Plano, Stephenville and Denton. 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.

“Texas Health facilities place a high emphasis on continually analyzing our patient care and implementing new ways to improve care provided to each patient,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Our employees believe strongly that it is their mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve and these rankings show that dedication.”

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 Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

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, visit TexasHealth.org.

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

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