Novant Health awarded Nine ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Underscoring Novant Health’s commitment to safety and quality, the healthcare system received nine “A” Hospital Safety Grades from the national, independent organization, The Leapfrog Group for its Fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grade scoring period.
This scoring period marks Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital achieving 14 consecutive A’s over the past seven years. It also marks Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center for receiving eight consecutive A’s over the past four years.
Evaluated for safety, quality and patient experience, The Leapfrog Group assigns grades to hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring. Letter grades ranging from A to F are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections, and improve patient satisfaction.
“Novant Health celebrates our dedicated physicians, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, pharmacists and clinical team members who help us achieve these high national scores, and ultimately to keep our patients safe,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer for Novant Health. “We are especially proud of the consecutive scores spanning several years, achieved by many of our facilities this year.”
Novant Health continues to focus on hospital-acquired infection reduction by standardizing procedures based on best practices; re-educating clinical team members, which is an important component of patient safety and remarkable care; and implementing new strategies and technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve quality and safety.
Novant Health’s Fall 2022 Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grades are:
“A” letter grade
- Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
- Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
- Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
- Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center
- Novant Health Medical Park Hospital
- Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center
- Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
- Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
- Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
“B” letter grade
- Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
- Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
“As health care continues to evolve, so do our initiatives and best practices to positively impact patient safety and satisfaction. Established three years ago prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Novant Health Institute for Safety & Quality is dedicated to patient outcomes and safety, clinical excellence and infection prevention,” said Eskioglu. “The use of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems, education for clinical front-line team members and expanded partnerships stemmed from this institute. Our teams will continue to evaluate and invest in data, analytics and artificial intelligence so that we may predict and prevent errors and infections before they happen.”
Learn more about Novant Health’s safety and quality initiatives NovantHealth.org/SafestCare.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For more, visit leapfroggroup.org.