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Published on October 31, 2017

Cone Health Hospitals Score High Marks for Patient Safety

Annie Penn Hospital earns its 10th consecutive ‘A.’


Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned A’s in the fall 2017 Leapfrog rankings. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are letter grades assigned to hospitals nationwide.

The marks put Cone Health hospitals among the top hospitals when it comes to preventing and reducing what are known as adverse events.

It is the 10th consecutive A for Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville. It is the seventh straight A for Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. “Avoiding complications, hospital-acquired infections and patient falls are hallmarks of safe care,” says Bruce Swords, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Cone Health. “Avoiding them day in and day out, year after year, is a true commitment to excellence.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 publicly available hospital safety measures to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Cone Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.” 

The Leapfrog Group does not rank specialty hospitals, so Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital and Women’s Hospital were not graded. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital earned a B.

To see Cone Health’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook.

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