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Durham Regional Hospital Earns “A” in Patient Safety from Hospital Safety Score

May 22, 2013

Durham, NC—Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A” for patient safety by independent national nonprofit the Leapfrog Group. Durham Regional also received an “A” in the previous release of the Hospital Safety Score last fall.

“Safety is our top priority,” says Lorrie Jones-Hartley, chief patient safety and quality officer at Durham Regional. “Nothing is more important than providing the highest quality and safest care for every patient, every time.”

The “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score—A-F grades based on 26 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 an eight-member panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

“It is important that our patients, their loved ones and the community know what we’re doing to ensure they receive safe care,” Jones-Hartley explains. “We are proud to earn an ‘A’ for patient safety, and are dedicated to continuing to enhance safety and quality of care.”

To see Durham Regional’s safety score, visit