April 14, 2017
San Antonio, Texas - April 2017 – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. In San Antonio, Northeast Methodist Hospital earned an “A” while Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Methodist Texsan Hospital and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital all received a score of “A” for the second consecutive time. These hospitals were among an elite group of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
Overall, Methodist Healthcare hospitals made the honor roll with Methodist Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital and Methodist Stone Oak Hospital earning the grade of “B”.
“I am proud of our doctors and staff at all of our hospitals as we are showing a consistent pattern in making top grades. That shows a commitment to quality and safety for our patients which generates a level of trust for Methodist hospitals,” said Jaime Wesolowski, President and CEO, Methodist Healthcare.
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see all area hospital grades, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.
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 80,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually. The Methodist Healthcare team is comprised of 10,000 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.