Hill Country Memorial (HCM) has earned an ‘A’ rating for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, continuing its streak of receiving the top score for the 15th consecutive rating period.

Using data analyzed by the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, all general hospitals across the country are assigned an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade. The grade is updated every six months and is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

More than 2,600 hospitals are evaluated on 28 separate measures. Nationally, fewer than one-third of hospitals receive an ‘A.’

“Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of our work every day,” said Jayne Pope, CEO. “It is what we strive for – to deliver remarkable to those we serve. This recognition speaks directly to the level of our team member engagement, involvement, and dedication. The HCM Team consistently provides high-quality care for our patients and our community. They are the ones who makes HCM ‘A-plus’.”

Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety.

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have prioritized patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Hill Country Memorial. We appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Members of the public can compare hospital safety grades at hospitalsafetygrade.org.