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Texas Health Cleburne earns Top Grade in Hospital Safety Score Rankings
12/05/2012

CLEBURNE, Texas — It’s an “A” for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, 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 both excited and humbled by The Leapfrog Group’s recognition of our efforts to continually enhance the quality and safety for our patients,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, president of Texas Health Cleburne. “We are proud of what our employees did to contribute to this great score, by improving the hospital experience of every patient through use of the electronic health record, providing a clean and safe environment, and addressing the individual needs of each patient.”

Other Texas Health hospitals to be graded an “A” are located in Arlington, Azle, 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 Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

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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