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UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, High Point Regional and Johnston Health Earn Top Safety Grades from Leapfrog

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton, and High Point Regional earned top “A” grades for patient safety on The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2017 report card, putting them among the country’s safest hospitals.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. Only 823 hospitals nationwide received “A” grades in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog report for their commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. Among other hospitals affiliated with UNC Health Care, High Point Regional in High Point also received an A.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals.

“Across the UNC Health Care system, we strive to provide all of our patients and their families with the best and safest care,” said Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care. “The Leapfrog Group’s safety report has become another important tool for consumers as they make choices about where they receive medical care. We’re proud that Leapfrog includes our hospitals among the nation’s safest.”

In addition, UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina – and one of only 63 nationwide – to receive straight A’s since Leapfrog began its safety scorecard in 2012.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations.”

To see a hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About UNC Health Care

With more than 30,000 employees statewide, UNC Health Care has provided high-quality, patient-centered care for more than 60 years. UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. The system includes UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, the UNC School of Medicine and nine affiliate hospitals across the state. To learn more, click here.

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.