The grade reflects a hospital’s performance on maintaining safety measures protecting patients, such as practicing hand hygiene, minimizing falls, and limiting spread of infections. These are metrics the hospital staff pays attention to on a daily basis, according to Jennifer Murray, HCM Quality Manager.
The data is analyzed by the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, then each hospital is assigned a letter grade from A through F. For the Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade, more than 2,600 hospitals were evaluated on 28 separate measures. In Texas, 40% of hospitals graded received an “A.”
The challenge dealing with the COVID-19 threat made this result even more meaningful, according to spokesperson with The Leapfrog Group.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges that surround us, your team has demonstrated a continued commitment to patient safety and the reduction of avoidable harm,” said a spokesperson in announcing the award. “Your entire staff should be proud of this achievement.”
Members of the public can compare hospitals’ safety grades at hospitalsafetygrade.org.