McKINNEY (May 21, 2015) — Medical Center of McKinney has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score recognition is representative of our commitment to delivering the highest level of quality patient care. Our entire staff is dedicated to exceeding our patients’ expectations by delivering outstanding medical care to every patient, every time,” said Ernest C. Lynch III, Medical Center of McKinney CEO.

“Medical Center of McKinney’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage [your hospital] and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”

Developed 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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Medical Center of McKinney’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

 

About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an advanced biplane catherization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders, and opening the McKinney Senior Health Clinic, which is designed specifically for individuals over the age of 65 on Medicare. Medical Center of McKinney is part of the HCA North Texas Division of hospitals. Medical Center of McKinney recently expanded its services to the community with the addition of a new off-campus emergency department at U.S. Highway 380 and Custer Road. For more information, visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.