U.S. News & World Report Names Medical Center Arlington Among the Best in Dallas-Fort Worth and Earns “A” in Patient Safety From Hospital Safety Score and The Leapfrog Group

Medical Center Arlington has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“Medical Center Arlington is continuing in our vision to be known as the premier tertiary healthcare facility for the mid DFW area, “ said Winston Borland, CEO of Medical Center Arlington.  “Recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in Dallas-Fort Worth combined with our continuing Leapfrog rating of A ensures patients will get high level quality care in a safe environment.” 

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

Medical Center Arlington was also recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national non-profit 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. 

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