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Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville Again Earns Top Grade in Patient Safety from the Leapfrog Group

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BROWNSVILLE – Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville received its fifth-consecutive “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Safety Score, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership by protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers the information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one. The Leapfrog Group assigns A, B, C, D, and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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In addition to earning its fifth-consecutive “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group, this is also Valley Baptist-Brownsville’s seventh “A” rating in the last eight reporting periods. Once again, Valley Baptist-Brownsville is also the only hospital in Brownsville to earn an “A” safety rating from The Leapfrog Group.

“People assume that hospitals will heal them and keep them from harm. Although we are honored that our patients trust us to deliver excellent and safe care, that trust must be earned. Our ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog is national recognition that we have earned that trust by providing care that is only found in the top hospitals in the country,” said Leslie Bingham, CEO of Valley Baptist Brownsville. “The fact that we continue to achieve ‘A’ status year after year is a direct reflection of the commitment of every physician and staff member on our care team.”

In addition to receiving The Leapfrog Group’s top safety score, Valley Baptist-Brownsville has received a number of awards and designations to position itself at the forefront of the effort to provide the community with higher levels of care. Valley Baptist-Brownsville is the first hospital in Cameron County to receive a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Valley Baptist-Brownsville is also a current recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award and has received multiple recognitions for its efforts to promote breastfeeding, including designation as a Texas Ten Step Program by the Department of State Health Services.

To see full grades for Valley Baptist-Brownsville and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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