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The Leapfrog Group assigns hospital grades to inform patients and improve safety.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Leapfrog Group has recognized multiple UNC Health hospitals with top “A” grades for patient safety in its latest report card: UNC Health Rex in Raleigh, UNC Health Johnston in Clayton, UNC Health Wayne in Goldsboro, UNC Health Nash in Rocky Mount, UNC Health Blue Ridge in Morganton and Appalachian Regional in Boone.

“UNC Health is committed to providing the safest care for all of our patients,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health. “Leapfrog is one of the many metrics we use to gauge our progress and it provides us with valuable information to continually improve quality and patient safety. Across UNC Health, our clinical teams and hospital leaders share best practices and collaborate on ways to further our mission of improving the health of all North Carolinians.”

UNC Health Rex is one of only 22 hospitals nationwide, and the only hospital in North Carolina, to receive straight “A” grades since Leapfrog began its hospital safety reports in 2012.

“We are proud of our teammates and physicians for their ongoing dedication to patient safety and providing excellent care for our patients,” said Ernie Bovio, president of UNC Health Rex.

Leapfrog is an independent national watchdog organization that assigns letter grades to hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

“I applaud UNC Health’s leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see any hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit


About UNC Health

UNC Health is a state entity and an affiliated enterprise of the University of North Carolina system, comprised of 16 hospitals, 20 hospital campuses and more than 900 clinics along with the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine (SOM). It exists to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others we serve and to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina SOM. Over the past three years, UNC Health has provided more than $400 million in uncompensated or charity care to the citizens of North Carolina. Our hospitals have received numerous awards and recognition for quality care, patient safety and the overall patient experience. For more information, please visit


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 for patient safety. 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. To see any hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit