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 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
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.
Iredell Memorial, part of Iredell Health System, constantly updates protocols
and follows nationally accepted guidelines to guard against infection
and injury. Iredell Memorial received scores above the national average
for preventing issues such as falls, MRSA infections and 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.”
“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.”
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.