Central Texas Medical Center recently received the Leapfrog Group's "A" rating for patient safety. Daily Record file photo
CTMC receives ‘A’ for Patient Safety
Central Texas Medical Center was awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.
This is the fourth time CTMC has been honored with the designation that recognizes efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
“Patient safety is the top priority of every member of the CTMC staff,” CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl said. “I am very proud of the work our team puts in to earn the Leapfrog Group’s highest Hospital Safety Score.”
The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Central Texas Medical Center that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
CTMC was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see CTMC’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Leapfrog's website.
Founded in 2,000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
CTMC, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” contest held by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, visit CTMC's website at ctmc.org.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS). Adventist Health System (AHS) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.