UNC Hospitals named one of 65 'Top Hospitals' for patient safety and quality

UNC Hospitals is the only hospital in North Carolina that made the Leapfrog 2011 Top Hospitals list.

UNC Hospitals named one of 65 'Top Hospitals' for patient safety and quality
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L to R: Susan Reinhard, AARP & Leapfrog Board Member; Drs. Brian Goldstein & Celeste Mayer of UNC Hospitals; Leah Binder, Leapgrog Group; Keith Reissaus, Chair of The Leapfrog Group.

Media contact: Jennifer James, 919-923-7983, jjames@unch.unc.edu

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - UNC Hospitals has been named one of the 65 best in the United States, based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey.  UNC Hospitals is the only hospital in North Carolina that made the Leapfrog 2011 Top Hospitals list.

The ‘Top Hospital’ designation is based on the results of a national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.  The Leapfrog Group, an organization that promotes improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans, has conducted the survey annually since 2001.

“UNC Health Care is committed to high quality care and transparency, and the results of those efforts are more and more apparent,” said Dr. Brian Goldstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UNC Hospitals. “This recognition by Leapfrog is yet another benchmark that indicates we are moving in the right direction. Close attention to quality is at the heart of everything we do here for our patients and their families."

The 2011 Top Hospitals list is based on the almost 1,200 hospitals that responded to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey as of August 31, 2011.  Data is collected from hospitals on their progress toward implementing practices in four categories: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing.

In addition, the survey measures hospitals on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.

To be named a Top Hospital, UNC Hospitals met or exceeded The Leapfrog Group’s standards for safe, high quality care in each of these areas.

For additional information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.


About UNC Hospitals
UNC Hospitals is an 803-bed public, academic medical center operated by and for the people of North Carolina. The Hospitals' mission is to provide high quality patient care, to educate health care professionals, to advance research and to provide community service. UNC Hospitals includes North Carolina Cancer Hospital, North Carolina Children's Hospital, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital, and North Carolina Women's Hospital. Each year UNC Hospitals cares for patients from all 100 counties in North Carolina and several surrounding states.

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