Eleven Texas Health Resources hospitals have received “A” grades for patient safety, according to the latest Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group.
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program whose stated mission is to mobilize employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that improved health care safety, quality and customer value is recognized and rewarded.
For its latest Hospital Safety Scores, the organization determined the letter grades using publicly available quality and safety measures, as well as leadership commitment to creating a safe environment for patients.
“These rankings represent our commitment to making patient safety and quality improvement top priorities,” said Daniel Varga, M.D., senior executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Texas Health, commenting in a news release.
“We’re pleased to be recognized on a national level for our efforts,” Varga said.
Texas Health hospitals that received “A” grades were:
• Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
• Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
• Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
• Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
• Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
• Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall
Nationally, only 30 percent of the 2,530 hospitals scored were ranked “A.” Texas Health Plano is one of fewer than 5 percent of hospitals ranked nationwide to receive the grade designation on each of the eight reports issued by The Leapfrog Group since spring 2012. Additionally, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton has received an “A” grade since fall 2012.
The other four Texas Health ranking hospitals received “B” grades. Individual hospital scores can be viewed at the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
The Leapfrog Group bases the Hospital Safety Score on national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. The resulting score represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
Texas Health last year published its “Quality and Safety Report to the Community: A Transparent Report Card from Texas Health Resources.” The organization was the first health system in Texas, and one of only a few nationwide, that is publicly posting quality, safety and patient satisfaction data, including HCAHPS scores.
Texas Health scorecards are based on independent, nationally recognized clinical indicators. The report can be viewed at www.TexasHealth.org/Quality-Reports.