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Published on May 14, 2015

Mother Frances Hospital Earns ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

Tyler, April 29, 2015 – Mother Frances Hospital Tyler 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. The hospital is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital, as it has never received a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012.

An 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.

“Being recognized as a ‘Straight As’ hospital by Leapfrog is an honor we are very proud to receive,” said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler. “Without the tireless dedication of the medical staff, physicians and all our employees over the course of many years, this honor would not be possible. Being recognized for our safety is a wonderful indication of the commitment Mother Frances exhibits toward our mission to enhance community health through service with compassion, excellence and efficiency.”

“Trinity Mother Frances’ achievement of Straight As 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 Trinity Mother Frances and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently working to provide a safe environment for care.”

“Patient Safety is a critical component of our care at Trinity Mother Frances,” said Barbara Allen, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Quality Officer. “Our entire medical staff and every member of our team give their all every day to ensure that our patients are cared for in the safest environment possible, and we will continue to build upon this success and seek to continually improve patient safety at Trinity Mother Frances.

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 Trinity Mother Frances’ full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit 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 Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics include the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, Jacksonville and Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HEALTHSOUTH, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multi-specialty medical group, with over 340 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 39 specialties in 33 locations serving East Texas.

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 Hospital Safety Score, 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.