WRMC gets another ‘A’ rating for patient safety



Wilkes Journal-Patriot Staff

Wilkes Regional Medical Center (WRMC) has earned an “A,” the top grade possible for patient safety from a national healthcare consumer education organization.

The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores were released Wednesday. The scores signify how well hospitals keep patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. This is the fourth consecutive time WRMC has earned the top grade--the hospital also earned “A” ratings fall 2013 and in the fall and spring of 2014

In an email sent to WRMC board members, staff and other team members, WRMC President and CEO Gene Faile stated, “This is a tremendous accomplishment. My very special thanks to our outstanding team of physicians, clinical care team members, support staff and all who contribute to our goal of providing the very best in care to our patients.”

The program, launched in June 2012, assigns A, B, C, D or F scores twice yearly to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals. Scores are based on 28 measures of publicly reported safety data, including the hospital’s ability to prevent errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Other area hospitals achieving an “A” grade include Hugh Chatham Memorial in Elkin, Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Area hospitals earning a “B” grade include Watauga Medical Center in Boone, Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Some hospitals are not given a grade because they are not able to provide enough data, due to being too small or for other reasons.

Leapfrog is a national not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2000 by private and public health-care purchasers. Leapfrog members include employers such as AARP, CBS, FedEx Corporation and Marriott International Inc.

The group’s name, Leapfrog, is a reference to its mission “to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care.”

Hospital reports are available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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