Five Local Hospitals Earn Leapfrog’s Top Hospital Honor

Five North Texas Hospitals made the Leapfrog Group’s list of Top Hospitals for safety and quality. Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Children’s Medical Center Plano, Medical City Denton, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, and Methodist Richardson Medical Center all made this year’s list. Leapfrog is a national watchdog organization that evaluates hospitals on patient care and safety. They recognized 118 hospitals children’s, general, teaching, and rural hospitals across the country. Hospitals report their performance through Leapfrog’s survey, which evaluates infection rates, maternity care, medication errors and other criteria. DFW Business Group on Health, a nonprofit representing employer purchases of healthcare, is Leapfrog… Full Story

Methodist Charlton Becomes First Designated Trauma Center in Southern Dallas

Southern Dallas has its first trauma center. The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated Methodist Charlton a Level III Advanced Trauma Facility. Methodist Charlton is located on Wheatland Road near Highway 67, about 10 miles southwest of downtown. Trauma center levels refer to the resources and personnel at a hospital, denoting their readiness to handle things like serious falls, traumatic car crashes, and gunshot wounds. Level I is the highest designation a hospital can receive. “This designation brings an increased focus on trauma care,” says Dr. Jeffrey Butterfield, medical director of the emergency department.  “These designations are not… Full Story