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Published on November 08, 2019

Cone Health Earns Straight ‘A’s in Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group says the risk of death is nearly half in an ‘A’ hospital when compared with a facility earning a ‘D’ or ‘F’.  


Greensboro — Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned ‘A’ grades in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. (Leapfrog does not assess specialty hospitals, so Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital and Cone Health Women’s Hospital were not graded.) The distinction looks at how hospitals protect patients from harm and provide safer health care.

 The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care whose mission is to improve quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

 “High-quality care means better care and safer care,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “Leapfrog only grades hospitals. But our relentless drive for higher-quality health care is applied to every part of our enterprise, including every physician office, every rehab facility and every clinic visit – at every patient encounter.”

 “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this ‘A’.”

 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 to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.