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Published on May 15, 2019

UNC Rockingham receives "A" grade from Leapfrog Safety Group

EDEN, N.C. – May 15, 2019­ – Spring 2019 hospital scores released today by The Leapfrog Group give UNC Rockingham Health Care an ‘A’ grade. The top score acknowledges the Eden hospital’s work in protecting patients and delivering excellent care.

“Advancing patient care is a priority at UNC Rockingham,” said Dana M. Weston, president and CEO of the Eden hospital. “I’m proud of our team and its commitment to quality care and patient safety.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 publicly available safety measures to assign A-F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and transparent, and the results are free to the public.

To earn an ‘A’ grade, hospitals must demonstrate that protecting patients from preventable medical harm is a top priority.

 “A strong focus on safety results in lower infection rates, fewer patient falls and decreased surgical errors. It takes every team members’ engagement to make this happen,” said JoAnn Smith, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at UNC Rockingham.

UNC Rockingham Health Care was one of five hospitals in the UNC Health Care system to earn an ‘A’ grade. In addition, UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, Johnston Health Care in Clayton and Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro received top marks on Leapfrog’s spring 2019 report card.

UNC REX in Raleigh is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive straight A’s since Leapfrog began grading hospitals for safety in 2012.

“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.

To see any hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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