Loretto Hospital jumps in patient safety rating after new report

The hospital – which remains the largest private employer in Austin, with 624 people on staff – received an A rating for its fall report, after receiving average ratings of C’s and D’s. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit based in Washington, grades hospitals across the country on factors like in-patient care, infections and practices to prevent error. Hospitals voluntarily participate, and Leapfrog releases reports twice a year.

Partnership between US Bank and West Side community may be in the works

The Coalition to Save Community Banking will brief the West Side community on its efforts to reach a community benefits agreement with US Bank at an upcoming meeting. The coalition met this week with bank officials and elected officials. US Bank took over the branch offices of Park National Bank, which federal regulators shut down in fall 2009.