(Dallas TX, May 2, 2016) – New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign
A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the
most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system,
were recently announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety
watchdog. Dallas Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an
A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“We are humbled to be among the A rated hospitals in the country,
and I’d like to thank and recognize our physicians, nurses and employees
for this achievement,” said Dr. C. Patel, Chief Medical Officer
of Dallas Medical Center. “Our patients’ health and safety
are first and foremost, and Leapfrog’s A rating confirms our ongoing
efforts to ensure a safe, quality environment for all of our patients.”
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of
our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog
are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued
vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel,
the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S.
hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts,
peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first
time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported
experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections,
C.diff and MRSA.
To see Dallas Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly
tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app
for Apple and Android devices.
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,