WOODLAND HEIGHTS MEDICAL CENTER Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Lufkin Texas (August 29, 2020) –  Woodland Heights Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Woodland Heights’ achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

 Woodland Heights was the only facility in Lufkin/Angelina County to receive an “A” rating.

 “Our entire team works diligently to keep patient safety at the forefront of our mission at Woodland Heights,” states Drew Emery, CEO of Woodland Heights. “Caring for our friends and neighbors throughout deep East Texas is an honor and I am extremely proud to work alongside the physicians, nurses and entire care team at Woodland Heights.”

“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 Woodland Heights shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, 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.

Woodland heights was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see WHMC’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.