St. David's HealthCare hospitals recognized nationally for earning “A” ratings in Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

St. David’s Medical Center is the only hospital in the state to receive straight “A” ratings since the initiative was launched in 2012

Austin, Texas – All eligible St. David’s HealthCare facilities recently earned “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2023 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 upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. 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 has long been committed to providing exceptional care to every patient, every day,” Ken Mitchell, M.D., chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “We’re incredibly proud of our care teams who demonstrate integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence to keep patients safe from harm.”

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.

Learn more about the Hospital Safety Grades.