Published on November 08, 2018

UNC Health Care Hospitals Earn Top ‘A’ Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group

UNC Medical Center, UNC REX, Johnston Health, UNC Rockingham and Wayne UNC Health receive “A” grades

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Nov. 8, 2018 ­– The latest hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group are out, and six hospitals affiliated with UNC Health Care received top “A” grades for their work in protecting patients and delivering excellent care.

UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton, UNC Rockingham Health in Eden, and Wayne UNC Health in Goldsboro all received top marks on Leapfrog’s Fall 2018 report card.

UNC REX in Raleigh is the only hospital in North Carolina – and one of only 42 across the country – to receive straight A’s since Leapfrog began grading hospitals for safety in 2012.

“We recognize that patients and their families look to Leapfrog and other national rankings to choose the best hospitals for their loved ones,” said Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care. “I’m proud that our co-workers and physicians are committed to providing safe and excellent care for all patients across our state.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 publicly available safety measures to assign A-F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and transparent, and the results are free to the public. Nationwide, 855 hospitals received A grades in the Fall 2018 report.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

To see any hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.