Central Carolina Hospital Receives an "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 for the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 8, 2018

Central Carolina Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

SANFORD, NC, November 8, 2018 – Central Carolina Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Central Carolina Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national 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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“We are proud to receive an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and are excited about improvements made to our patient safety program at Central Carolina Hospital,” said Spencer Thomas, CEO.  “This hard-earned grade is evidence of the outstanding efforts made by our entire staff, including the clinical and quality teams to improve patient safety and clinical quality.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Central Carolina Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Central Carolina Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Central Carolina Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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. 

ABOUT CENTRAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL

Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Lifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in April 2018.

Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease specific quality designations:

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achievement

Award for Heart Failure, January 2017

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Stroke, January 2017

American College of Radiology Gold Seal Accredited for Mammography June 2016

Healogics Center of Distinction for Wound Care, February 2018

Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification, January 2017 

American College of Cardiology Heart Failure Accreditation December 2017 American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Accreditation January 2018

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