David J. Kilarski
John J. Jackson
PINEHURST – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond have once again earned “A” grades on Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades that were announced April 24 by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the United States health care system.
The designation marks the fourth consecutive “A” rating for Moore Regional Hospital and the third consecutive “A” rating for Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond.
Only 750 hospitals received the “A” ranking, positioning both campuses among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“It is an honor for FirstHealth to continuously be recognized by the Leapfrog Group for our demonstrated commitment to ensuring patient safety,” says David J. Kilarski, chief executive officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “Our physicians, nurses and staff work tirelessly to provide a safe environment and the best possible care for our patients. This is indeed an honor to be shared among the entire FirstHealth family.”
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.
“We are pleased to be recognized once again in the areas of quality and patient safety,” says John Jackson, president of FirstHealth’s Southern Region. “This rating is a testament to the hard work of our medical staff and employees, as they consistently deliver a high level of quality care and continue to focus on the health and safety of the community we serve.”
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.
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections and injuries,”says Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer 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.”
To see Moore Regional and Moore Regional – Richmond’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.