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Cone Health Hospitals Again Score High Marks for Patient Safety 

Three Cone Health hospitals earn top grades in the fall 2018 Leapfrog hospital safety ratings.

Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned A’s in the fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. (This marks the 9th consecutive A for Wesley Long Hospital.) The hospitals are among 855 awarded an ‘A’ for efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. Alamance Regional Medical Center received a B. 

“Falls, medical errors and complications shouldn’t be part of a hospital stay. At Cone Health, we work to make sure that they aren’t,” says Cone Health Chief Physician Executive Bruce Swords, MD, PhD. “Recognitions like this one show that exceptional care, and exceptionally safe care, go hand in hand at Cone Health.” 

The Leapfrog Group assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals based on how well they prevent medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. The Leapfrog Group does not rank specialty hospitals, so Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital and Women’s Hospital were not graded. 

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like those at Cone Health that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” 

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. 

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

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