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Making the Grade

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Making the Grade

Dallas Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, was nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Receiving an 'A' grade is a national distinction which recognizes the hospital's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“Receiving an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade is a huge accomplishment, and puts us among the best hospitals in the country,” said Ruben Garza, CEO of Dallas Medical Center. “We are honored to receive this distinction because it shows we take patient safety seriously. I would like to thank all of our staff and medical providers for their dedication to our patients, and our community.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Dallas Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all our lives, but especially the lives of healthcare workers and first responders. They worked long hours and put serving the community first.

"During a time when we recognize the heroes in our hospitals as they battle a pandemic, and now are providing a life-changing vaccine, we are honored to commend our dedicated staff and physicians for achieving this recognition," said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. "Putting patients and their safety first has and always will be a top priority at Prime Healthcare, and it has never been more important than it is today."

In addition to being the only 'A' graded hospital in the Farmers Branch/Carrollton area, DMC also operates a certified chest pain center, and is the only designated trauma center within six miles.