AUSTIN, Texas—All eligible St. David’s HealthCare facilities were recently honored with an “A” for patient safety, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the U.S. according to The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. St. David’s HealthCare is the only hospital system in Central Texas to receive the top rating at all eligible facilities.
St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, as well as St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital received an “A” rating. Heart Hospital of Austin’s data were not included in the study completed by The Leapfrog Group because it is considered a specialty hospital.* These St. David’s HealthCare facilities were among 844 hospitals, nationwide, to receive an “A” ranking. St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital have both received straight “A” ratings since The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety ScoreSM initiative.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to provide patients with the highest-quality care,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This distinction is a testament to our doctors’, nurses’ and staff members’ commitment to creating a safe healthcare environment.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
To see St. David’s HealthCare facilities’ full grades, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes six of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,700 employees.
St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $269 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.
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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.