McKINNEY (Oct. 24, 2013) — Medical Center of McKinney was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score recognition is representative of our commitment to delivering the highest level of quality patient care,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, Medical Center of McKinney CEO. “We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care. That’s why our entire staff is dedicated exceeding our patients’ expectations by delivering outstanding medical care to every patient, every time.”

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Medical Center of McKinney are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Medical Center of McKinney’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

 

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney is a 260-bed, state-of-the-art hospital committed to providing the McKinney area with excellent, full service healthcare. Over the past several years, it has strengthened its medical foundations and enhanced its services by adding a number of all-inclusive specialty services previously unavailable in this growing community. These include a full service 24/7 emergency department, outpatient services including ambulatory surgery, women’s imaging services, outpatient and inpatient imaging services, sleep lab and rehabilitation therapies, cardiovascular services, orthopedic services, neurosciences, labor and delivery suites, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and maternal fetal medicine. Visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.