North Carolina Business Group on Health

Leapfrog Announces 2020 Top Hospital Award for North Carolina Hospitals

Leapfrog Announces 2020 Top Hospital Award for North Carolina Hospitals

– 3 NC Hospitals Receive Coveted National Distinction –

 Charlotte, NC, December 8, 2020 – The Leapfrog Group announced today 3 hospitals in North Carolina have been named to its 2020 national list of Top Hospitals, including Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, and Rex Hospital in Raleigh. The elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality. The winning facilities will be officially recognized today as part of Leapfrog’s virtual Annual Meeting.

North Carolina Business Group on Health is a Leapfrog Regional Leader, working with providers, purchasers, payors and patients in North Carolina to drive safe, high-quality health care.

“Many North Carolina hospitals deserve recognition for the high grades they received this year,” stated Jon Rankin, president and CEO of North Carolina Business Group on Health.  “We are especially pleased, however, that even during the pandemic, three hospitals in our state were recognized for their truly exemplary safety and quality performance.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit watchdog organization that rates hospitals on how well they protect patients from errors and infections, as well as the effectiveness of procedures and other care they provide. A total of 105 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including: 9 Top Children’s Hospitals, 29 Top General Hospitals, 19 Top Rural Hospitals and 48 Top Teaching Hospitals.

“We are honored to highlight our 2020 Top Hospitals. Their commitment to transparency, along with patient safety and quality care, helps move the needle in saving lives across the nation,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The current pandemic has reiterated the importance of putting patient safety first and these hospitals are a great example of that. The North Carolina Business Group on Health has done an exemplar job in North Carolina and we can expect them to be at the helm of this journey.”

The Top Hospital award is given to teaching, general, rural and children’s hospitals that publicly report their performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in the Top Hospitals Methodology. This includes infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors, among other standards. To see the full national list of institutions honored as 2020 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

 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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

 About North Carolina Business Group on Health

North Carolina Business Group on Health is a nonprofit coalition of North Carolina employers using their collective voice to influence decisions that impact the quality and cost of healthcare delivery systems in our state.  Partnering with employers and other key healthcare stakeholders from across the state, NCBGH serves to educate, advocate and innovate for a better healthcare delivery system.