Methodist Hospital Awarded “A” by Hospital Safety Score
SAN ANTONIO, October 25, 2013 – Methodist Hospital was honored this week with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Methodist Hospital is committed to creating a safe environment for all patients. We relentlessly strive to improve and enhance the safety and quality of care we deliver. The ‘A’ score validates that the measures we’ve put in place over the past few years are making a difference in better patient outcomes,” said Richard Levine, Chief of Staff, Methodist Hospital.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Methodist Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”
To see Methodist Healthcare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
About Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now world-renowned South Texas Medical Center. Methodist Hospital is a market leader in providing cancer services, neurosurgery, delivering more babies than any other single hospital in San Antonio, orthopedic care, emergency care, and surgical services. Methodist Hospital was recognized with the Texas Hospital Association’s 2012 Bill Aston award for quality based on its cardio-hospitalist program which ensures two cardiologists are in house at all times. The hospital also received an Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers for establishing the Very Immunocompromised Patient Program which gives priority to patients undergoing chemotherapy who present to the emergency department with fever. The hospital also maintains the only Gamma Knife® Center in South Texas, treating brain tumors and lesions that were once considered inoperable. Methodist Hospital maintains an excellent reputation in the community based on its commitment to a mission of Serving Humanity to Honor God.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.