Methodist Healthcare October 29, 2015

Northeast Methodist Hospital Awarded “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score

 

Only Northeast San Antonio Hospital to Earn Top Grade

 

SAN ANTONIO, October 29, 2015 – Northeast Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, was honored this week with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 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 Michael Beaver, CEO for Northeast Methodist Hospital.

 

Northeast Methodist Hospital also received an “A” grade this past spring, further reinforcing their commitment to keeping their patients free from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

 

“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.”

 

Developed 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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

 

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.

 

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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, a campus of Methodist Hospital, has played a major role in the phenomenal economic growth experienced in northeast Bexar County (San Antonio, Texas).   Northeast Methodist Hospital offers a full array of services including emergency care, open heart surgery, cardiac catheterizations, inpatient rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, cancer care, intensive care and inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures.  The hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center and is a Certified Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.  They are recognized as an Accredited Heart Failure Center by the Healthcare Colloquium, as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, and the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2014. 

 

 

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.