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Duke Regional Earns an “A” in Patient Safety

Apr. 30, 2014

Durham, NC- Duke Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A” score for hospital safety through The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, infections, and injuries and is designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

“Our hospital strives to deliver the very best care to our patients and their loved ones every day,” says Katie Galbraith, MBA, president of Duke Regional. “Acknowledgment from nationally recognized organizations, such as The Leapfrog Group, proves we are doing just that on a consistent basis.”

The score was awarded based on 28 publicly available hospital safety measures, including accidents, infections, injuries, and preventable medical errors provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey. Calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, scores range from A-F to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. Comparisons of hospital scores are available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

All three hospitals in the Duke University Health System (Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital) have all earned and maintained the highest grade since fall 2012.