CarolinaEast Medical Center was awarded an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes CarolinaEast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.
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.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for CarolinaEast. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. This is the fifth time in a row CarolinaEast has received an ‘A’ rating.
“With safety as a guiding principle throughout CarolinaEast Health System, maintaining this top rating with Leapfrog is a true source of pride for us,” says Dr. Ron May, Vice President of Medical Affairs at CarolinaEast Health System. “Receiving an ongoing ‘A’ rating confirms CarolinaEast’s success in keeping safety at the forefront for excellence in everything we do.”