Northern Hospital receives ‘A’ score


Northern Hospital of Surry County has received an A rating for patient safety— the highest designation possible —in a national study completed by the independent hospital watchdog organization The Leapfrog Group.

“The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit,” the hospital said in a written statement released last week. “The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.”

“We are so proud of the hard work and dedication of our clinical and quality staff who have consistently earned this grade A safety score. We take pride in caring for our patients and ensuring their safety is number one. It’s an honor to be one of only 31 percent of hospitals nationwide receiving a top score,” said Robin Hodgin, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer.

“Northern Hospital’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of their clinicians and staff to protect their patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Northern Hospital and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm, according to the information released by Northern. More than 2,500 United States-based general hospitals were assigned scores in October, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Northern Hospital’s full score, and to access tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.