Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has scored an “A” safety rating in the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This recognition marks the 18th time Houston Methodist Willowbrook has received a top score – earning straight “A’s” since fall 2012.


“Safety is crucial to our mission to provide unparalleled service to our patients and community,” said Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist. “It takes wholehearted, constant effort from every member of our staff to earn this grade consistently, and I am grateful for their dedication day in and day out. This achievement serves as evidence that we are leading medicine in Northwest Houston.”


The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.


“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Houston Methodist Willowbrook shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”


Visit hospitalsafetygrade.org to see Houston Methodist Willowbrook’s full grade and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital.