The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, just released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

According to a press release, the safety grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. This is the fourth year in a row this facility has earned the highest possible grade.

“Patient Safety is a critical component of our care at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital Health System,” said Chris Karam, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “Our entire medical staff and every member of our team give their all every day to ensure that our patients are cared for in the safest environment possible, and we will continue to build upon this success and seek to  consistently focus on patient safety at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System facilities across Northeast Texas.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System’s full grade details, follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on twitter.com/HospSafetyGrade and .Facebook.com/HospitalSafetyGrade/.