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Published on May 08, 2013

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MAY 8, 2013

Rex Healthcare Earns a Top "A" Hospital Safety Score from Leapfrog Group

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare has received an "A" Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group dedicated to improving safety, quality and affordability of health care. The top grade reflects Rex's commitment to quality and safety.

The Leapfrog Group uses a wide range of publicly available data to assign grades to U.S. hospitals based on their overall ability to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical errors. It is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

"We're proud when Rex is recognized nationally for its ongoing efforts to provide excellent and safe care for all patients from across Wake County and beyond," said Steve Burriss, Rex's chief operating officer. "Our co-workers and physicians are dedicated to making our hospital a destination for families when their loved ones need medical care and services."

To see how Rex's score compares nationally and locally, visit Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Learn about other awards and recognition that Rex has received here.

Leapfrog is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The group works to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. Calculated under the guidance of the group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

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For media inquiries and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Alan Wolf, UNC REX Healthcare
919-784-4467

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