A Raleigh hospital earns top ratings for patient safety. Here you can find out how others compare locally.

A Raleigh hospital has again been named one of the best in the country by a group that focuses on patient safety and care.

The Leapfrog Group's latest report, released Wednesday and available for the public to search online, found UNC Health Rex gets straight A's after evaluating the hospital's performance on more than two dozen measures across five safety and care categories. Leapfrog publishes the reports twice a year for nearly 3,000 general hospitals in the U.S. based on the rates of preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections and the systems hospitals use to prevent them.

Leapfrog said Rex is one of only 15 hospitals nationwide — and the only one of 90 hospitals in North Carolina — to receive an A every year since the group began evaluating it in 2012. Last year, 18 hospitals across the country were registered with Straight-A category.

The president of the Raleigh hospital will step down next month to pursue another opportunity, the health system said in a news release.  ABC11

The president of the Raleigh hospital will step down next month to pursue another opportunity, the health system said in a news release. ABC11

“At UNC Health, we are focused on providing safe and excellent care to all patients,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health, said in a press release from the hospital after the ratings were announced. “We also use measurements like Leapfrog to continually improve.”

Leah Binder, president and CEO of the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, said, “Everyone who works at UNC Health should be proud of this “A” hospital safety rating. It requires full commitment at all levels and an ironclad commitment to putting the patient at the center. I thank UNC Health, its leadership, physicians, staff and volunteers for caring so deeply about its patients and their safety.”

How have other hospitals in the area performed?

The Leapfrog Group gave these overall grades to other area hospitals:

A grades:

WakeMed Raleigh Campus

Duke Raleigh Hospital

WakeMed Cary Hospital

Rex Holly Springs Hospital

Duke University Hospital

Duke Regional Hospital

Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst

B grades:

WakeMed North Hospital

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill

Johnston Health Clayton

Johnston Health in Smithfield

Central Harnett Hospital, Lillington

Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, Dunn

Maria Parham Health, Henderson

C class

Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford

Class D

Granville Medical Center, Oxford

What trends were evident in the reviews?

In general, the Leapfrog Group stated: The experience of hospital patients has declined since the pandemic and although there was some improvement in the last half of 2023 — the period measured in the last report — security and Patient care has not returned to pre-pandemic quality.

Found the report significant improvements in rates of certain types of infectionsincluding midline-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA.

“Although today's results are promising, patient safety remains a critical risk in healthcare,” Binder said on the organization's website. “Some hospitals are much better than others at protecting their patients from harm. That’s why we make hospital security levels available to the public and encourage all hospitals to pay more attention to security.”

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