Straight ‘A’s for Cone Health in Patient Safety

The grades come from the Leapfrog Group.


Greensboro- All Cone Health general hospitals have earned “A” grades for patient safety. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned “A” grades. Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital is a specialty hospital and is not graded by Leapfrog. Leapfrog A Hospital Logo

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 out of every 10 patients in rich countries are harmed receiving hospital care. Harmful events include errors, accidents, injuries and infections, such as medication mix-ups and patient falls. The World Health Organization believes nearly half of these adverse effects are preventable.  

“Patient safety doesn’t begin and end in the hospital,” says Dr. Marlon Priest, chief clinical officer, Cone Health. “From the initial office or telehealth visit with a provider, to the care after a hospital stay, Cone Health has a history of providing the best care possible. And that begins with providing the safest care possible.” The “A” grade is the 8th straight at Annie Penn Hospital and the 6th consecutive top grade at Alamance Regional Medical Center. 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Cone Health for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

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