Northern Hospital earns top safety scores


Sixth straight A rating by watchdog group

Staff report



Northern Hospital of Surry County has been recognized for earning its sixth consecutive grade A by the independent national patient safety watchdog The Leapfrog Group, making it the third straight year of top scores.

The Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide in an effort to show relative patient safety levels in the U.S. health care system, were announced recently by The Leapfrog Group. Northern Hospital is one of 823 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. In North Carolina, 43 out of 78 scored hospitals received an A.

“We are so proud of the hard work of our dedicated clinical and quality teams who have consistently earned this top safety score. Patient safety is priority here at Northern and our staff take pride in caring for our patients and ensuring their safety is number one. It’s an honor to receive this excellent rating for 6 consecutive reporting periods and to be one of only 43 North Carolina hospitals receiving an A,” said Robin Hodgin, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures (up from 28 from this time last year) of publicly available hospital safety data 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. Visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org for more information on hospital scorings.

Sixth straight A rating by watchdog group

Staff report

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