Northern Hospital receives highest safety award

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Northern Hospital of Surry County has been recognized, earning its third consecutive grade A by the independent national patient safety watchdog The Leapfrog Group.

The Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, and the scores were announced last week. Northern Hospital is one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We could not be more proud of the hard work of our dedicated clinical and quality teams who have consistently earned this top safety score. We take pride in caring for our patients and ensuring their safety is number one,” said Robin Hodgin, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “It’s an honor to be one of only 39 hospitals in North Carolina receiving an A.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

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