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Published on April 29, 2015

Rex Hospital Receives “A” Rating from Leapfrog’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Hospital has achieved a top grade for its commitment to keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group awarded Rex an “A” in its spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score. Rex has received the highest “A” grade since Leapfrog began its national hospital scorecard three years ago. Rex is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive straight “A” grades since Leapfrog began its national hospital scorecard three years ago.

“Rex is honored to receive this recognition because it reflects our commitment to putting safety first and providing our patients with the best experience possible,” said Steve Burriss, who was named president of Rex Healthcare earlier this month. “I would like to thank all of the co-workers and physicians at Rex for their commitment to providing a safe environment and compassionate care to all of our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national not-for-profit organization that strives for safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare in the U.S. by promoting transparency. The Hospital Safety Score uses a wide range of evidence-based measures related to patient safety to calculate a numerical score for all eligible U.S. hospitals. The numerical safety score is then converted into a letter grade designed to give the public free and unbiased information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Rex Hospital’s achievement of straight ‘A’s’ validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Rex and all other ‘A’ hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently working to provide a safe environment for care.”

The scores are calculated using 28 measures, which are all publically available by hospital safety figures, to produce an overall “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score. The Hospital Safety Score signifies the overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. In spring 2015 about 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores, with about 30 percent receiving an “A” grade.

To see Rex’s scores, as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. A free Hospital Safety Score mobile app is also available for download to view hospital ratings.

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