North Texas hospitals among those graded by consultant

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Texas Health Resources hospitals grabbed many of the best report cards handed out last week by the Leapfrog Group, a consultant.

Leapfrog says it uses its own survey, plus data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to arrive at its grades. It releases the report card grades in the spring and fall.

This go-round, the firm graded 2,539 general hospitals, of which 32 percent got an “A,” 26 percent got a “B,” 35 percent got a “C,” and the rest got a D or an F. One North Texas hospital on the survey got a “D.”

There are so many different flavors of hospital ratings it’s hard to know what to make of them; it often appears that as much depends on how the institution reports its data as it does on how it takes care of its patients. But the trend is for more transparency and accountability for results, and that’s probably for the best. The full results and more detail on each hospital are at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

THR hospitals getting an “A” are: Arlington Memorial, Harris Methodist Azle, Harris Methodist Cleburne, Harris Methodist H-E-B, Huguley, Presbyterian Allen, Presbyterian Dallas, Presbyterian Denton, Presbyterian Kaufman, Presbyterian Plano and Presbyterian Rockwall. THR hospitals with a “B” are: Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Southwest and USMD Arlington. Baylor Scott & White had two hospitals with an “A,” in Irving and in Plano. Its Garland hospital got a “B,” while the rest of the Baylor members rated a “C”: All Saints Fort Worth, Carrollton, Southwest Fort Worth (closed last year), Waxahachie, Grapevine, and its flagship, University Medical Center.

Hospital Corp. of America, HCA, saw its Denton Regional, Medical Center Arlington, Medical Center of Plano and Plaza Medical Center get an “A,” while Las Colinas Medical Center, Medical Center of Lewisville, Medical City Dallas and North Hills all got a “B.” Methodist Health System earned an “A” at its Mansfield and Richardson hospitals, a “B” at Charlton (Dallas), and a “C” at Dallas Medical Center. North Texas’ two county-supported hospitals, JPS in Fort Worth and Parkland in Dallas, both got a “C.” Tenet Healthcare’s two North Texas hospitals, Centennial Medical Center in Frisco and Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, both got a “B.”

Among hospitals that aren’t part of one of the big chains, Dallas Regional Medical Center (Mesquite) and Weatherford Regional Medical Center got an “A,” while Lake Granbury Medical Center and Wise Regional Health System each got a “C.” Texas Hospital for Advanced Medicine (now known as Dallas Medical Center), which according to its website is chartered by the city of Farmers Branch, got a “D.”

Work to begin on geriatrics facility

SRP Medical and Oceans Healthcare is slated to start construction on Wednesday for Oceans Behavioral Hospital Fort Worth, a new facility delivering care to geriatric patients in need of acute mental health services.

The facility is co-developed by Oceans Healthcare, formerly called Audubon Behavioral Healthcare, and SRP Medical, a full-service real estate investment and development company focused on healthcare projects in Texas and surrounding states led by Scott Wilson and Marc Goldman. The company was spun out of The Staubach Co. in 2008.

SRP Medical was involved in developing the Methodist Hospital for Surgery Pavilion in Addison, the Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston and a Forest Park Medical Center expansion in Dallas.

The facility will be a single-story, 34,000-square-foot building at 6300 Overton Ridge Blvd., on the west side of the street, before it dead-ends at the Interstate 20 frontage road. The 48-bed facility will care for people 55 and older. It is expected to be completed in May.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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