David J. Kilarski
PINEHURST – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond have both earned an “A” grade on Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades that were announced October 31 by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system.
The designation marks the third consecutive “A” rating for Moore Regional Hospital and the second “A” rating for Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond.
Only 832 hospitals received the “A” ranking, positioning both campuses among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“We are pleased to once again earn the ‘A’ designation from The Leapfrog Group,” says David J. Kilarski, CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “This designation is a reflection of the concerted effort made by both our clinical and quality teams to improve patient safety and clinical quality throughout our health network.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“We remain highly-focused on creating an exceptional patient experience for every patient we serve,” says Cindy McDonald, R.N., vice president of quality for FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. “Earning this top grade once again affirms that Moore Regional ranks among the top hospitals for safe, quality care.”
To see Moore Regional’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. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
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.