Published on October 31, 2017

UNC Health Care Hospitals Receive Top Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group

UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, Johnston Health and High Point Regional earn “A” grades for patient safety

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Oct. 31, 2017 ­ –Several UNC Health Care hospitals earned top marks in the latest round of hospital safety grades from the Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the best in the nation.

UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, Johnston Heath in Smithfield and Clayton, and High Point Regional in High Point all earned top “A” grades on the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 report card.

“Our goal is to provide excellent care for all patients who visit every hospital, clinic and practice that’s partnered with UNC Health Care across North Carolina,” said Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care. “Even when we receive top grades from organizations like Leapfrog, our providers continue to work hard to improve that care every day.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient-safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Nationwide, 832 hospitals received “A” grades.

UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina – and one of only 59 nationwide – to receive straight A’s since Leapfrog began publishing its safety report card in 2012.

“We applaud all hospitals that earn an A for safety – a significant achievement. UNC REX Healthcare takes that achievement one step further by earning an A year after year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

To see a hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.