November 18, 2022
AUSTIN, Texas—All eligible St. David’s HealthCare facilities recently earned “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grades. This national distinction recognizes hospitals’ achievements in providing safer healthcare and protecting patients from harm. St. David’s HealthCare is the only hospital system in the Austin area to receive an “A” for all eligible facilities.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for patients. The Hospital Safety Grade assigns a letter grade to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections among patients in their care.
St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital all received an “A” rating. St. David’s Medical Center is the only hospital in the state to receive straight “A” ratings since The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety ScoreSM initiative (now known as Hospital Safety Grades) in 2012. 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.
“St. David’s HealthCare is committed to an evidence-based practice that continuously enhances patient care and outcomes,” Ken Mitchell, M.D., chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “Our nurses, physicians and staff continue to draw from clinical expertise, the latest research and evolving patient needs to advance the services we provide. Their hard work is reflected in these safety grades and our mission to provide exceptional care to every patient. To achieve this distinction despite the challenges of the pandemic is remarkable and I applaud our caregivers and hospital leaders.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
For more information about the Hospital Safety Grades, visit Hospital Safety Grade.