Nine Texas Health Resources Hospitals Earn Top Safety Grade From The Leapfrog Group
12/03/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nine Texas Health Resources hospitals made “A” grades for patient safety — accounting for nearly 20 percent of the top-graded hospitals in Texas, 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 measures and leadership commitment to creating a safe environment for patients to come up with the letter grades.

Nationally, about a third of hospitals were ranked “A,” with most hospitals earning a “C” grade. All Texas Health hospitals ranked “A” or “B.”

“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 Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, 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.”

Texas Health hospitals that received “A” grades were:

These hospitals received “B” grades:

“We are encouraged by this recognition,” said Dr. Mark Lester, Southeast Zone Clinical Lead and interim chief quality officer for Texas Health. “We are committed to the hard work of continually improving our quality and patient safety by creating a team environment. Texas Health also has implemented tools like the electronic health record to help caregivers provide high-quality care to each patient.”

The Hospital Safety Scores are calculated using 26 different measures, including hospital staffing, metrics on certain patient populations, and procedures for caregivers, such as medication reconciliation.

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 (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org.