June 11, 2019
Six Methodist Healthcare System Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
San Antonio, Texas – May 2019 – Six Methodist Healthcare System hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. Methodist Healthcare Hospitals were among 832 awarded an ‘A’ for their efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
Methodist Healthcare facilities receiving A’s include Methodist Children’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Hospital South, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Northeast Methodist Hospital and Methodist Texsan Hospital received a grade of ‘B’. Making the safety honor roll is not new for these hospitals. Metropolitan Methodist Hospital earned an ‘A’ for the sixth time in a row, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital earned an ‘A’ for the fourth time in a row and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital has earned an ‘A’ grade for three consecutive reports.
“We are committed to meeting the highest safety standards in the industry for our patients and our commitment has been quite consistent across Methodist hospitals,” said Allen Harrison, President and CEO, Methodist Healthcare. “It is an unbelievable achievement to continue to rank among the safest hospitals in the region.”
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
About Methodist Healthcare of San Antonio
Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 26 facilities including nine hospitals serving over 608,000,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. The Methodist Healthcare team is comprised of 11,000 employees, making Methodist Healthcare the second largest private employer in San Antonio. The Texas Quality Foundation selected Methodist Healthcare to receive the 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence. Methodist Healthcare is the first and only health care system in South Texas to receive this award, which requires an organization to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards. With more than 2,700 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare provides the largest array of medical services in the region including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, oncology and women’s services. Visit www.SAHealth.com to learn more.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.