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Texas Health Denton earns Top Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton earned an “A” grade for patient safety, according to the latest Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group. The organization, a national watchdog on the quality and safety of hospital care, used publicly available quality and safety measures, as well as leadership commitment to creating a safe environment for patients, to come up with the letter grade.

“At Texas Health Denton all members of our team are encouraged to contribute ideas to better care for our patients,” said Stan Morton, hospital president. “We appreciate the feedback that public report cards provide on how we care for individuals in our community each day.”

Nationally, about a third of the 2,514 hospitals scored were ranked “A,” with the greatest number of hospitals earning a “C” grade.

“Texas Health’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “This means becoming more transparent and willing to share with residents of North Texas and throughout the country how we’re doing on various measures of the quality of the care we provide at our hospitals. The Leapfrog rankings demonstrate our commitment to quality and safety on behalf of our patients.”

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

“Maintaining a high level of quality and safety is absolutely critical to Texas Health as we continue our work to transform the delivery of health care in North Texas,” said Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer and senior executive vice president for Texas Health. “We encourage accountability for the care we provide and welcome public report cards such as the Leapfrog rankings.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

Individual hospital scores can be viewed at

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.

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 25 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, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health 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

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