UNC REX Healthcare Named to Leapfrog’s Coveted Top Hospitals List for 2016

UNC REX is only North Carolina hospital to receive the Leapfrog recognition

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Leapfrog Group named just one hospital in North Carolina to its annual list of the country’s Top Hospitals – UNC REX Healthcare (UNC REX). This marks the second consecutive year that UNC REX made the Leapfrog list. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition demonstrates UNC REX’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

“We are proud to receive this honor from Leapfrog, which has established itself as an important benchmark for quality and safety,” said UNC REX President Steve Burriss. “This recognition reflects the hard work and passion for excellence among all of our more than 6,000 co-workers and physicians, every day.”

UNC REX was one of 56 hospitals nationwide that received Leapfrog’s Top General Hospital distinction, and one of only 115 Top Hospitals recognized across the country on the full list. In addition, UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina – and one of only 72 nationwide – to receive straight A’s since Leapfrog began its hospital safety scorecard in 2012.

UNC REX and other winning hospitals will be officially recognized at Leapfrog's Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards today in Washington, D.C.

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than 3 percent of hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, UNC REX has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in the Raleigh region requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2016 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.