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Hill Country Memorial Awarded “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • Posted June 14, 2012

Hill Country Memorial was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F. This award follows Thomson Reuters’ recent recognition of Hill Country Memorial as a Top 100 Hospital and a quality care ranking by CareChex among the top 10% nationally in several quality care measurements, including overall hospital care.

“We strive to provide remarkable care and improved outcomes for our patients, which starts with an unwavering commitment to keeping patients safe,” said CEO Michael R. Williams, MD. “This award reflects our passion for doing everything we can to improve all aspects of the patient experience at Hill Country Memorial. We have a highly dedicated staff who believes in the power of remarkable care.”

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see Hill Country Memorial’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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 Hill Country Memorial:

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with a reputation of delivering quality care to the eight county area it serves, Hill Country Memorial (HCM) is celebrating its 41st year as a rural, acute care hospital. Independent hospital auditor Press Ganey regularly reports HCM’s patient satisfaction ratings in the top 10 percent of United States hospitals and the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health care Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) placed Hill Country Memorial’s quality of care in the 90th percentile of 3,798 hospitals nationwide. Hill Country Memorial’s mission is remarkable health care for our family, friends and neighbors—Always! To learn more about Hill Country Memorial visit www.hillcountrymemorial.org.

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