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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Dec. 17, five Novant Health medical centers were named a 2019 Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates the safety and patient experience provided by hospitals across the country. The Top Hospital Award comes following all five medical centers’ “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from The Leapfrog Group.
“I’m proud The Leapfrog Group has recognized five of our facilities as a 2019 Top Hospital,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Novant Health. “This achievement demonstrates Novant Health’s commitment to significantly reduce or eliminate hospital-associated infections and our goal to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction.”
Three medical centers received the 2019 Top General Hospital distinction: Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital. Only 37 general hospitals in the country were given the Top General Hospital distinction.
Two medical centers received the 2019 Top Teaching Hospital distinction: Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. Only 55 teaching hospitals in the country were given the Top Teaching Hospital distinction.
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.