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“We Made the Grade” at Southwest General Hospital

San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

Southwest General Hospital was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are one of only two facilities in a city of 1.7 million people to earn this esteemed rating,” says CEO Craig Desmond. “Southwest General Hospital is also the only hospital in San Antonio to earn the DNV ISO 9001:2008 certification for Quality as well. This ‘A’ rating proves we are making positive changes for the benefit of our patients.”

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Southwest General Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

“We are thrilled to see that our efforts toward delivering quality patient care are coming to fruition,” said Dr. Sarah Humme, RN, CNO/COO at Southwest General Hospital. “The clinical staff, physicians and support staff have all been working diligently to ensure our patients receive the quality care they deserve. It’s equally rewarding to see these efforts recognized by our peers.”

To see Southwest General Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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), 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).

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group 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.

About Southwest General Hospital
Southwest General Hospital has provided high-quality health care for residents of southwest San Antonio for over 30 years and continues to be the only health care facility in this section of the city. Southwest General is a 327-bed facility staffed by experienced health care professionals. The hospital is committed to providing high-quality health services and an excellent patient experience. Southwest General has earned numerous distinctions for quality, including a HealthGrades 5-star rating for maternity care seven years in a row, 5-star rated for treatment of heart failure 2012, 5-star rated for treatment of COPD 2012, 5-star rated for pneumonia 3 years in a row (2010-2012), 5-star rated for treatment of sepsis 3 years in a row (2010-2012). Southwest General has also earned the Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and the ISO 9001:2008 certifications.


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