Local Hospitals Perform Better than National Average

Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals, many within this same system, have widely varying scores on patient safety, according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey.

The nonprofit quality-improvement organization ranked more than 2,600 hospitals nationally, grading them on an A-through-F scale for hospital safety and posting the results on hospitalsafetyscore.org. The group did not disclose hospitals earning a D or an F.

Local hospitals performed better than the national average. Of the 46 graded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 35 percent earned an “A,” 24 percent received a “B,” and 41 percent were given a “C.” Nationwide, 27 percent earned an “A,” 26 percent received a “B,” and 47 percent were given a “C.”

Leapfrog’s report was based on surveys voluntarily submitted by the hospitals, as well as 26 measures of publicly available safety data on measures such as hospital-acquired infections, inpatient falls, and preventable surgical complications. The analysis also took into account hand-washing hygiene, the quality of nursing leadership, and use of computerized physician order entry systems.

Baylor Health Care System had three As, Bs and Cs. Texas Health Resources had four As, two Bs and three Cs. HCA had four As, two Bs and three Cs.

The American Hospital Association disputed the ratings. In a statement, Nancy Foster, vice president of quality and patient safety, said, “The American Hospital Association has supported several good quality measures, but many of the measure Leapfrog uses to grade hospitals are flawed and they do not accurately portray a picture of safety efforts made by hospitals.”

Hospitals Receiving A Grades: Baylor Medical Center at Garland; Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club; Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano; Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Fort Worth; Lake Pointe Medical Center, Rowlett; Las Colinas Medical Center, Irving; Medical Center of Lewisville; Medical Center of McKinney; Medical Center of Plano; Medical City Dallas Hospital; North Texas Hospital, Denton; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano; USMD Hospital at Arlington.

Hospitals Receiving B Grades: Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton; Baylor Medical Center at Irving; Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas; Dallas Regional Medical Center; Denton Regional Medical Center; Methodist Mansfield Medical Center; Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton; USMD Hospital at Fort Worth.

Hospitals Receiving C Grades: Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth; Baylor Medical Center at Frisco; Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine; Centennial Medical Center of Frisco; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, Dallas; JPS Health Network, Fort Worth; Medical Center of Arlington; Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Dallas; Methodist Dallas Medical Center; Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas; Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest, Fort Worth; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen; Texas Hospital for Advanced Medicine, Dallas; The Hospital at Craig Ranch, McKinney; UT Southwestern University Hospital St. Paul, Dallas; UT Southwestern University Hospital Zale Lipshy, Dallas; Vista Hospital of Dallas; North Hills Hospital, North Richland Hills.