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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

November 30 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON – (November 30, 2012)

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Earns an "A" for Patient Safety

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was awarded an "A" Hospital Safety Score SM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation´s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Outcomes measures evaluated for the score include errors, accidents and injuries that are publicly reported by the hospitals; process measures include the management structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents and injuries. Only 25 percent of hospitals in Texas and 30 percent of hospitals nationwide received an A rating.

"This A score is a tremendous achievement for our hospital that reflects the commitment of our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff to quality care and patient safety," said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of The Methodist Hospital System. "We will continue to provide this high level of care that has earned us the trust of our community."

To see Methodist Willowbrook Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and San Jacinto Methodist Hospital also received an A rating; Methodist Sugar Land Hospital received a B.

"Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community," said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. "I congratulate Methodist Willowbrook Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard."

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, 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).

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About Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. The facility opened on December 18, 2000. The campus has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the community.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has received its chest pain and stroke accreditations, performs complex surgeries such as neurosurgery and open heart, and focuses on women and children in its new Women´s & Children´s Pavilion. Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook has become the leader in orthopedic care in northwest Houston.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, please visit www.methodistwillowbrook.com. For a physician referral, call (281) 737-2500.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.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.