Methodist Healthcare October 24, 2013

San Antonio, October 24, 2013 - Northeast Methodist Hospital, a campus of 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.

“Our caregivers work together to provide care in the safest manner. The ‘A’ score earned by Northeast Methodist Hospital represents our staff’s diligence in making safety a top priority in patient care,” said Ken Davis, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Healthcare.

“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 Northeast 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 Northeast Methodist Hospital

Northeast Methodist Hospital has played a phenomenal role in the economic growth experienced in northeast Bexar County. Located in the city of Live Oak, Northeast Methodist Hospital has undergone significant renovations and upgrades to keep pace with the fast-growing Randolph-Metrocom community. In 2012, Northeast Methodist served more than 9,000 inpatients, handled 50,000 emergency room visits and performed 8,000 surgeries. The hospital is accredited as a Chest Pain Center and a Stroke Center. The hospital features an inpatient rehabilitation unit and has established a Joint Replacement Academy to assist patients recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group 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.