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Methodist Dallas, Methodist Mansfield earn 'A' grade for patient safety in Leapfrog's Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score

Methodist Dallas and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers are proud to announce they have 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. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Methodist Dallas’ A grade is a powerful reminder of our commitment to saving and improving lives,” says Methodist Dallas President Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that puts safety and patient care above all else. We continue to institute initiatives to decrease infection rates and improve surgical outcomes, and are pleased to be recognized for the fourth consecutive rating period.”

“This A grade reinforces the exemplary protocols we have in place, and commitment of our staff to providing the best care possible,” says Methodist Mansfield President John Phillips, FACHE. “We take these safety measures very seriously and are pleased for the second time in a year to be awarded the highest grade possible. We are proud to serve our community and be recognized as a healthcare leader.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 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 2,600 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2017, with 823 hospitals receiving an A grade. Of the 212 hospitals evaluated in Texas, only 38.2% received an A grade.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Seven hospitals and 25 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. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at Connect through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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.

Calvert Collins-Bratton