October 31, 2017
Oct. 31, 2017 (Houston, Texas) – HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division-affiliated Park Plaza Hospital has been awarded an “A” grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system.
The grade, along with those of other hospitals, was released today as part of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Park Plaza received an “A” grade for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients, one of only 832 hospitals nationwide that can make that claim.
“Every day, we treat patient safety as priority number one,” said Park Plaza Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Patonai. “This grade is the result of all of our staff’s dedication and care. I’m immensely proud of them.”
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 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.