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MRH - Richmond Earns National Award for Quality

| Date Posted: 12/4/2018

John J. Jackson

ROCKINGHAM – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond (MRH – Richmond) was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. Announced today, The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from The Leapfrog Group.

“The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital Award means that MRH - Richmond is one of the safest and highest caliber hospitals in the country,” says John J. Jackson, president of FirstHealth’s Southern Region and administrator of MRH - Richmond. “It gives me great pride to see our staff recognized nationally, and I thank our managers, staff, physicians and volunteers for putting our patients first and making every effort to deliver the highest quality and safest care possible. The great team work exhibited every day drives the quality and patient safety.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, MRH – Richmond received a Top Rural Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:
•13 Top Children’s Hospitals
•35 Top General Hospitals
•17 Top Rural Hospitals
•53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Richmond County requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond is part of the four hospital system of FirstHealth of the Carolinas which is headquartered in Pinehurst, N.C.

“MRH – Richmond is fortunate to be a part of the outstanding FirstHealth system,” adds Jackson.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

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