The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Recognition Demonstrates Steward Health Care’s Commitment to Safety and High Quality Community Care
PORT ARTHUR, TX, November 8, 2018 – The Medical Center of Southeast Texas – a Steward family hospital – was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Southeast Texas’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is part of Steward Health Care – the nation’s largest private, for profit physician led health care network in the United States – which leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to provide the highest quality care and safety in communities where patients live.
“At The Medical Center of Southeast Texas and across all Steward hospitals, patient safety is our top priority and we pride ourselves on keeping our community healthy, year after year,” said Bo Beaudry, President of Medical Center of Southeast Texas. “This achievement reflects a culture of excellent, team-based care that our nurses, primary care physicians, surgeons staff are committed to providing daily. We all contributed in raising the bar on quality initiatives and patient care to achieve the highest standards in patient safety and I am proud of The Medical Center of Southeast Texas team for this well-deserved accomplishment.”
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like The Medical Center of Southeast Texas that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see the Medical Center of Southeast Texas’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on and .
About the Medical Center of Southeast Texas
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is a provider of leading-edge, quality healthcare services in a family-friendly environment. With two hospital locations serving the Southeast Texas region, we are never far from home. The full service hospital in Port Arthur, Texas is a 204 bed acute care facility that has earned numerous distinctions for quality including accreditations for Chest Pain, Stroke, Emergency, Neonatal Intensive Care and Orthopedics. Just down the road, conveniently located in the west end of Beaumont, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Beaumont Campus is dedicated to providing leading-edge and exceptional emergency, surgical and diagnostic services to the Southeast Texas community. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is a physician owned hospital that brings world-class medical expertise and compassion to the care of every patient. To learn more go to .
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, for profit physician led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward's integrated care network is projected to reach three million in 2018.
The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship 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 , 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.