Published on December 02, 2015

UNC REX Healthcare Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Only Triangle Hospital Honored with National Distinction for Patient Care and Safety

RALEIGH, N.C. – UNC REX Healthcare is honored to be the only Triangle hospital named to The Leapfrog Group’s list of the nation’s Top Hospitals for 2015, and one of only three hospitals in North Carolina. This coveted and respected recognition showcases UNC REX’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.

“UNC REX continues to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the state and in the country,” said Steve Burriss, president of UNC REX. “We appreciate this honor, as it reinforces why we’re here and the commitment of our physicians, nurses, co-workers and volunteers to provide excellent care for all patients, every day.”

UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive straight “A” grades since Leapfrog began its national hospital safety scorecard three years ago. For the latest Leapfrog recognition, UNC REX is one of 98 Top Hospitals selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:

  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals (includes UNC REX)
  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals (includes two in North Carolina)
  • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, UNC REX has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of UNC REX whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit