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UT Health East Texas Hospitals Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Tyler, Texas (November 10, 2021) — UT Health Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler maintained an ‘A’ rating and UT Health Henderson received its first ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals’ achievements protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

This is the third consecutive A rating of UT Health Tyler and the seventh consecutive A rating for UT Health North Campus Tyler.

“UT Health East Texas has been on a journey toward high reliability since we started our Mission Zero program in 2018 with the goal of zero patient harm,” said Donald Baker, president of UT Health East Texas. “The fall Leapfrog grades that UT Health achieved emphasize the commitment and sustainability of the work we are doing to drive outcomes and safety for the communities we serve. I am extremely proud of our teams for leading this commitment to excellence and performing so well year after year.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of UT Health East Texas for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

To see UT Health East Texas’ full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.