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Latest hospital safety rankings include local facilities

Texas Health Resources hospitals grabbed many of the best report cards handed out by The Leapfrog Group, which uses its own survey plus data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Leapfrog, which releases its grades in spring and fall, graded 2,539 general hospitals, of which 32 percent got an "A," 26 percent got a "B," 35 percent got a "C," and the rest got a D or an F. One North Texas hospital on the survey got a "D."

There are so many different flavors of hospital ratings we sometimes don't know what to make of them; it often appears that as much depends on how the institution reports its data as it does on how it takes care of patients. But the trend is for greater transparency and accountability for results, and that's for the best. The full results and more detail on each hospital are at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

THR hospitals getting an "A" are: Arlington Memorial, Harris Methodist Azle, Harris Methodist Cleburne, Harris Methodist H-E-B, Huguley, Presbyterian Allen, Presbyterian Dallas, Presbyterian Denton, Presbyterian Kaufman, Presbyterian Plano and Presbyterian Rockwall. THR hospitals with a "B" are: Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Southwest and USMD Arlington. Baylor Scott & White had two hospitals with an "A," in Irving and in Plano. Its Garland hospital got a "B," while the rest of the Baylor members rated a "C": All Saints Fort Worth, Carrollton, Southwest Fort Worth (closed last year), Waxahachie, Grapevine, and its flagship, University Medical Center.

Hospital Corp. of America, HCA, saw its Denton Regional, Medical Center Arlington, Medical Center of Plano and Plaza Medical Center get an "A," while Las Colinas Medical Center, Medical Center of Lewisville, Medical City Dallas and North Hills all got a "B." Methodist Health System earned an "A" at its Mansfield and Richardson hospitals, a "B" at Charlton (Dallas), and a "C" at Dallas Medical Center. North Texas' two county-supported hospitals, JPS in Fort Worth and Parkland in Dallas, both got a "C." Tenet Healthcare's two North Texas hospitals, Centennial Medical Center in Frisco and Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, both got a "B."

Among hospitals that aren't part of one of the big chains, Dallas Regional Medical Center (Mesquite) and Weatherford Regional Medical Center got an "A," while Lake Granbury Medical Center and Wise Regional Health System each got a "C." Texas Hospital for Advanced Medicine (now known as Dallas Medical Center), which according to its website is chartered by the city of Farmers Branch, got a "D."

-- Jim Fuquay


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