Columbus Regional Healthcare Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Terrie Priest

Whiteville, NC – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Columbus Regional Healthcare System was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The employees at CRHS work relentlessly each and every day to provide the safest
care to our patients. We are proud that these efforts are being nationally recognized by
Leapfrog,” said John Young, Interim CEO, Columbus Regional. “This honor is based on
the important steps we take to protect our patients from harm: communicating and
involving patients and families in their plan of care, utilizing evidence based practices,
ensuring we are doing the right thing, at the right time, every time and training our staff
and leadership to listen and work collaboratively to reduce errors,” said Young.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable
harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a
hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and
putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

“The CRHS Leadership Team in-conjunction with the entire hospital family has done
remarkable work in making this achievement possible,” stated Young.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
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 Columbus Regional’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying
safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a
national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality
and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and
transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-
value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed
decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative; assigns
letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers
protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

News Release April 24, 2018
Columbus Regional Healthcare System
500 Jefferson Street
Whiteville, NC 28472

Contact: Terrie H. Priest
Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations
910-642- 9303

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