Oct. 31, 2017 (Houston, Texas) – Houston Northwest Medical Center, a facility affiliated with HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division, 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. Northwest 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.
“Our hospital is dedicated to providing the safest possible environment for our patinets, and this grade is an acknowledgement of that dedication,” said Houston Northwest Medical Center CEO Tim Puthoff. “The outstanding care delivered by our staff and physicians made this recognition possible.”
“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.
To see Houston Northwest’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.
About Houston Northwest Medical Center
Houston Northwest Medical Center is a 426-bed acute care hospital located at 710 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston, Texas. Since opening its doors in 1973, the hospital has grown into a multi-service facility with over 600 medical staff members. It offers 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. It has the third busiest 24-hour emergency department in Houston and two community based Urgent Care Centers.
Houston Northwest Medical Center employees and physicians remain dedicated to providing quality health care with a personal touch. They strive to provide their 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, please visit www.HNMC.com.
About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division
HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 18 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visit www.HCAGulfCoast.com.
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.