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Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Earns National Award for Quality

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Named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group

HOUSTON, December 6, 2018 – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Top Teaching Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive and is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  

Baylor St. Luke's was the only hospital in Houston and one of four in the state of Texas to earn the Top Teaching Hospital Award. This award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade in both spring and fall 2018, also from The Leapfrog Group. 

"We are honored to be named a Top Teaching Hospital, one of the most prestigious and exclusive awards in the country," said Gay Nord, market president at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. "Earning this award honors all of our employees and physicians who exhibit compassion and dedication in providing the highest quality of care to our patients."

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Baylor St. Luke's was one of 53 hospitals nationwide to be named a 2018 Top Teaching Hospital and one of only 14 in the "Large" subcategory for Top Teaching Hospitals.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Baylor St. Luke's has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.


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