Iredell Memorial earns 'A' grade for safety

Posted at 11:45 AM on Oct 31, 2016

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Iredell Memorial Hospital has earned the highest possible rating for patient safety in a new national report, ranking higher than any other hospital in Iredell County.

The Leapfrog Hospital safety guides, announced today, assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. Iredell Memorial is the only hospital in Iredell County to receive an “A,” and one of 844 hospitals to receive that grade nationwide.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Iredell Memorial, part of Iredell Health System, constantly updates protocols and follows nationally accepted guidelines to guard against infection and injury. The hospital received scores above the national average in areas such as preventing falls, MRSA infections and preventing death from treatable complications after surgery.

"This recognition is a reflection of the daily commitment we have at Iredell Health System to making safety a top priority,” said Iredell Health System CEO and President Ed Rush. “We are proud of the consistent effort from our staff as we work to provide the best care possible for our patients.”

To see Iredell Memorial Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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 Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital; Iredell Home Health; Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center; Community and Corporate Wellness; Occupational Medicine; and the Iredell Physician Network. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only non-profit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247-beds; more than 1,500 employees; and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s; Cardiovascular; Cancer; Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. Iredell Memorial was also recently named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hips and Knees, as well as Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org.

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