Local hospitals earn top grades for patient safety

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Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Johnston Health Clayton were both awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes both hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care, according to a release form the group.

“The safety and quality of care we provide is always our top priority,” said Chuck Elliott, president and CEO of Johnston Health. “Our employees and physicians work diligently every day to provide expert care close to home.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and the results are free to the public.

Both hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ grade, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see Cape Fear Valley’s or Johnston Health Clayton’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit https://bit.ly/2K0HIhM.

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