St. David's HealthCare April 24, 2017

St. David’s HealthCare Only Hospital System in Central Texas to Receive Top Rating at All Eligible Facilities

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 and St. David’s Surgical Hospital were not included in the study completed by The Leapfrog Group because the facilities are considered specialty hospitals. These St. David’s HealthCare facilities were among 823 hospitals nationwide to receive an “A” ranking. St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital have each received straight “A” ratings since The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety ScoreSM initiative in 2012.

“We know that safety and high-quality care are key to achieving optimal patient outcomes,” Thomas Knight, M.D., chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This recognition is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of our doctors, nurses and staff members to provide safe and effective medical care to every patient every day.”

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.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

To view the full scores for all St. David’s HealthCare facilities 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 seven 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—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 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 $379 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.