Sanford’s Central Carolina Hospital continues to enjoy national recognition for it’s level of patient safety, earning an ‘A’ in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Central Carolina Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. It places CCH in very accomplished company. Only 34.1% of all North Carolina hospitals achieved an “A” rating in the spring 2019 survey.
Central Carolina Hospital Chief Executive officer Spencer Thomas is proud of the hospital’s accomplishments, noting “We are very pleased to once again receive this high mark, which places us among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety. We are thankful for our staff’s continued commitment to delivering high quality care to our community.” CCH also earned an “A” in the most recent previous study, released in fall 2018.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to over 2,600 hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. In the spring 2019 study, just over 800 facilities in the United States achieved grade ‘A’ status.
Leah Binder, The Leapfrog Group President/CEO, acknowledges the accomplishments of hospitals that achieve the top tier of their ratings, saying “To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
The Leapfrog Group’s website displays 25 specific criteria for evaluating each hospital’s level of efficiency. In the spring 2019 survey, Central Carolina Hospital ranked above average in 21 of these 25 areas. Area residents can review CCH’s full grade details by visiting hospitalsafetygrade.org.