Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is the only health care facility in the Bay Area to earn an “A” safety grade from the Leapfrog Group in its spring 2019 report – the best possible rating received by only a third of more than 2,600 hospitals surveyed.


Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades are an independent rating system that assigns letter grades to general, acute-care hospitals in the United States. It is the nation’s only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections, and is administered with guidance from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.


Houston Methodist Clear Lake scored above average on 22 of 28 measures across five categories: infections; surgical problems; error prevention practices; safety issues; and staff training and communication. The hospital also received a top score – equal to the best in the country – on nine of those measures.


“The Leapfrog survey is an excellent way for us to measure our performance against the top hospitals in the country, and our ‘A’ grade reflects the day-to-day focus that our physicians and staff place on patient safety,” said Houston Methodist Clear Lake CEO Dan Newman. “Safety improvement is a continuous process and I’m proud of the work that our team continues to do to make our hospital safer for patients.”


The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is produced twice a year, in the spring and fall. The results are peer-reviewed and available for free to the public. To learn more, go to hospitalsafetygrade.org