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Published on November 19, 2014

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November 19, 2014

Rex Hospital Receives “A” Rating for Leapfrog’s Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Hospital has maintained a top grade for its commitment to safe patient practices through the ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Group awarded Rex an “A” in its fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score.

“Patient safety is a priority at Rex and we are honored to receive this high score of recognition,” said Rex Chief Operating Officer, Steve Burriss. “Our dedicated team is fully committed to making Rex Hospital a top choice for superior medical care in the community.”

The Hospital Safety Score’s letter grade scoring system provides up-to-date research and data that allows patients to quickly assess and understand critical safety and quality information. The peer-reviewed, fully transparent Hospital Safety Score is determined by prominent patient safety experts and is free to the public.

“Consumers have largely taken the time to educate themselves about insurance plans and pricing,” said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. “Now, we need patients to take the next step, putting safety first, for themselves and their families, and that means seeking out the safest hospitals in their area. The Hospital Safety Score arms consumers with that information.”

Calculated using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety figures to develop an overall “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score, the Hospital Safety Score signifies a hospital’s aptitude to keep patients safe. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the approximately 440,000 annual deaths from hospital errors and injuries by recognizing safety and exposing harm.

To see how Rex’s score compares locally and nationally, and to view safety tips and videos for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. A Hospital Safety Score mobile app is also available for download.

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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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