Duke Regional receives high marks for safety

Barbara Griffith, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Barbara GriffithTwice each year the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization focused on patient safety, reviews hospitals’ publicly available data and issues its Hospital Safety Score. The hospital safety score is a grade A-F that rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, infections and injuries, and is designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

Duke Regional is proud to have been awarded an “A” for safety.

The safety and well-being of our patients is our number one priority—nothing is more important. Receiving an “A” means our patients and their loved ones can feel confident in the level of care provided at Duke Regional.

We also want to be transparent with our friends and neighbors about quality and safety so you can understand what we are doing to continually improve care. Things like checking on patients every hour to ensure their comfort and providing inpatients a printed plan of care each morning that details what they will be experiencing that day help keep patients safe and informed about their treatment.

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score takes into account 28 publicly available hospital safety measures provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey. Scores are calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website, hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Read more about this recognition at dukeregional.org, or see the details behind Duke Regional’s Hospital Safety Score.

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