May 24, 2019

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood's efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

"Earning an 'A' for patient safety for four consecutive grading periods shows our team's commitment to protecting patients, and more importantly, their success in doing so," said John Corbeil, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. "A lot of time and energy is devoted to patient safety, especially by our quality department, which manages internal plans specially created to prevent infections, avoid surgical complications, and prioritize communication between patients, nurses, doctors, ancillary staff, and hospital leadership."

"To be recognized nationally as an 'A' hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an 'A' grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A."

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.

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood was awarded an 'A' grade when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update on May 15. To see HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.