Texas Health Plano Earns Top Grade in Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Rankings
12/13/2012

PLANO, Texas — It’s an “A” for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, 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 improve the quality and safety of care we provide have been recognized by The Leapfrog Group,” said Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N., president of Texas Health Plano. “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 Plano 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 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 Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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.