GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned A's; and Alamance Regional Medical Center earned a B in the fall 2016 Leapfrog rankings. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are letter grades assigned to hospitals nationwide. The marks put Cone Health hospitals among the top hospitals when it comes to preventing and reducing what are known as adverse events.
"While we deliver high-quality care at Cone Health, preventing additional problems is essential," says Cone Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Bruce Swords, MD. "Avoiding infections, falls and complications are the hallmarks of a terrific team of medical professionals and of truly exceptional care."
The Leapfrog Group does not rank specialty hospitals, so Behavioral Health Hospital and Women's Hospital were not graded.
"Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We recognize and appreciate 'A' hospitals' vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe."
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 publicly available hospital safety measures to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Cone Health's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.
Cone Health is committed to being a national leader in quality, service and cost. The integrated health care network consists of Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women's Hospital, Cone Health Medical Group, MedCenter High Point, MedCenter Kernersville, MedCenter Mebane, Triad HealthCare Network and various outpatient clinics and programs. More than 11,000 exceptional people provide exceptional care to the people of Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Forsyth, Caswell and Randolph counties.
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.
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