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UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare Given Top Grades for Patient Safety in National Report

Two Hospitals Receive the Only "A" Grades in the Triangle

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2012

Rex Healthcare Contact:
Alan Wolf
919-784-4467
Alan.Wolf@rexhealth.com

UNC Health Care Contact:
Jennifer James
919-923-7983
jjames@unch.unc.edu

RALEIGH, N.C. - UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare have both received "A" grades for patient safety via a first-of-its-kind initiative providing hospital safety grades to compare the nation's hospitals. Of the 59 hospitals graded in North Carolina, only eight received A grades. UNC and Rex are the only hospitals in the Triangle that were given the top ranking in the national report.

"UNC Health Care and Rex are committed to the best quality of care for our patients and our "A" grades are yet another benchmark that indicate we are moving in the right direction," said Dr. Brian Goldstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UNC Hospitals. "Close attention to quality is at the heart of everything we do here for our patients and their families and we are proud to be recognized as the best in the Triangle for safety."

"Rex and UNC Health Care have made significant investments in patient safety and constantly look for new ways to improve," said Rex Chief Medical Officer Linda Butler. "These high grades reflect great efforts from employees and physicians throughout both institutions. Everyone at Rex and UNC recognizes the importance of safety and quality, and we strive to be counted among the top hospitals nationwide."

Top patient safety experts provided guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the "Hospital Safety Score." The score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The full results and scores can be viewed here: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

A press release from The Leapfrog Group stated that for the first time, the Hospital Safety Score will highlight the country's best hospitals and warn against the worst to save lives and bring attention to the nation's silent safety epidemic. According to recent studies, one in four Medicare patients will leave a hospital with a potentially fatal issue they didn't have prior to hospitalization. On average, one medication error per day occurs for each hospitalized patient, and more than 180,000 Americans die every year from hospital accidents, errors, and infections.