North Dallas Hospitals Earn A’s in Hospital Safety Score

By on November 6, 2013
The Corridor's general hospitals were all rewarded with A safety ratings in a national

The Corridor’s general hospitals were all rewarded with an A in a national hospital safety rating.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and Methodist Richardson Medical Center received top scores in a national hospital safety rating.

“We are extremely proud of our hospital’s performance,” said Jerri Garison, President of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and East Region President of Baylor Health Care System. “Baylor Plano is strongly committed to providing the highest quality care to this community.”

The ratings were released as part of the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program in October 23. The Fall 2013 update evaluated more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals, assigning A, B, C, D and F grades based on 28 different safety measures.

“We are very proud at Texas Health Plano to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group,” said Mike Evans, R.N., M.S.N., president at Texas Health Plano. “Our ‘A’ rating reflects our care team’s tireless work to provide the best possible care to our patients.”

In all, 41 Dallas-area hospitals were graded; 16 hospitals dropped in their scores, while nine improved and another 16 stayed the same. Nationally, only about a third of hospitals scored were ranked “A.”

“Our number one priority is the quality of care we provide to our patients in a safe and compassionate environment,” said Pamela Stoyanoff, chief operating officer of Methodist Health System. “We are pleased with our system’s overall performance in this survey which reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence and the dedication of our doctors, nurses, and hospital team.”

Leapfrog, an independent, national nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors, and is an advocate for patient safety nationwide.

“We support the efforts of Leapfrog and other organizations which provide information to the public to help patients make informed choices about their hospital care. But we don’t simply reply on outside organizations’ measurements of our performance to gauge how well we are doing,” Garison said. “In fact, we evaluate ourselves monthly on more measures than Leapfrog takes into consideration. We believe in constantly working to improve the care we provide our patients, no matter how strong our performance may be.”

Leapfrog’s final report shows that though many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt patients, overall progress is slow.

An estimated 440,000 Americans die annually from preventable hospital errors, putting medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The Hospital Safety Score is a public service available at no cost online at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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