Houston Northwest Medical Center Earns Second Consecutive A Grade for Hospital Patient Safety Scores

 Houston, TX, April 25, 2016 – New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Houston Northwest Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Houston Northwest Medical Center CEO Tim Puthoff added, “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score is an objective look at our outcomes across a broad spectrum of quality and service measurements. We are focused on optimum patient outcomes, and I’m proud that the care that our hospital provides has produced such outstanding results. We will continue to strive for improvement in all areas of clinical quality.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Houston Northwest Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

About Houston Northwest Medical Center

Houston Northwest Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 426-bed acute care hospital located at 710 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston, TX. Since opening our doors in 1973, the hospital has grown into a multi-service facility with over 600 medical staff members. We offer a wide range of inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic imaging services. Surgical services at Houston Northwest Medical Center include bariatric, orthopedic, cardiovascular, urology, ophthalmology, plastic, minimally invasive, robotic, obstetric and gynecological. We have the 3rd busiest 24-hour emergency department in Houston and two community based Urgent Care Centers.

Houston Northwest Medical Center employees and physicians are dedicated to providing quality health care with a personal touch. We strive to provide our patients the best possible quality care and customer service you’ve come to expect. Houston Northwest Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. To learn more about Houston Northwest Medical Center, we invite you to please visit our web site at www.HNMC.com.