Methodist Richardson Medical Center Earn ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Score

Methodist Richardson Medical Center is proud to announce it has received the highest rating possible by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. Hospitals awarded an ‘A’ reached high metrics for protecting patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“Methodist Richardson is committed to delivering quality, compassionate healthcare in an environment where patient safety is a top priority. We are always striving to develop new strategies to improve clinical practice and medical procedures.” says Ken Hutchenrider, FACHE, president of Methodist Richardson.

This rating period, all five wholly-owned Methodist Health System hospitals earned As. ““We are thrilled to have earned straight ‘A’s this fall,” says Pam Stoyanoff, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Methodist Health System. “Patient safety is Methodist’s top priority. We emphasize tactics that we believe will lead to successful outcomes and good patient experiences. It is gratifying to see our efforts recognized.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated healthcare to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Ten hospitals proudly carry the Methodist Health System brand, as owners or through affiliation. More than two dozen Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at MethodistHealthSystem.org. Connect through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram at Methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.