CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs was awarded an ‘A’ in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
“Patient Safety is central to everything we do at CHRISTUS here in Sulphur Springs, because it shows our commitment to our patients and their health in every aspect of their care and treatment,” said Martin Fielder, MD, FACOG, chief medical officer in Sulphur Springs. “Every member of our team works diligently each day to make sure our processes and procedures are designed and carried in out in the safest environment possible.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“Earning an A patient safety grade from Leapfrog yet again is an honor we are very excited to receive because it demonstrates where our priorities are — and that is on the patient,” said Paul Harvey, ministry president and chief executive officer at CHRISTUS in Sulphur Springs. “Earning recognition for our safety is a real marker of our commitment toward our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ toward Sulphur Springs, this community and Northeast Texas.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“A-grade hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level — from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors — and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
For more information about The Leapfrog Group hospitalsafetygrade.org.