Medical City McKinney October 30, 2014

Medical City Healthcare Earns High Marks in Patient Safety Survey

The latest Hospital Safety Score released October 29 by The Leapfrog Group ® (Leapfrog) awarded Medical City Healthcare hospitals the following grades:

  • Medical City Lewisville – A
  • Medical City Denton – A
  • Medical City Dallas – A
  • Medical City Plano – A
  • Medical City McKinney – A
  • North Hills Hospital – B
  • Medical City Las Colinas– B
  • Medical City Fort Worth – B
  • Medical City Arlington - B

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of analysts identified by Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog, as the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by Leapfrog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and, according to Leapfrog, designed to give consumers information they can use to inform themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Our hospitals are proud to provide exceptional quality care in a safe and caring environment,” says Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare, “These scores reflect our relentless commitment to excellence always and the dedication of our doctors, nurses, and clinical teams.”

“We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Medical City Healthcare, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 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 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. All scores can be viewed at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

When making health care decisions, patients should use all available tools at their disposal such as talking with friends and family and consulting with doctors, nurses and other health care providers.  The latest Leapfrog rating system is just one tool of many patients can use when making health care decisions such as choosing a hospital.

About Medical City Healthcare
Medical City Healthcare is one of the region’s largest most comprehensive health care providers and includes 11 hospitals, more than 50 ambulatory sites, more than 5500 active physicians and 12,000 employees in Dallas-Fort Worth. Medical City Healthcare is distinguished as the first regional brain attack network in the United States, with 4 comprehensive stroke centers, and 6 primary stroke centers geographically positioned to provide rapid access to high quality stroke care across the region. Four Medical City Healthcare hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Association – a designation of quality achieved only by the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. Seven Medical City Healthcare hospitals are on The Joint Commission’s 2013 list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™. For more information visit: medicalcityhealthcare.com.

About The Leapfrog Group 
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.