Caldwell Memorial Hospital recognized for outstanding record in patient safety

Caldwell Memorial Hospital recognized for outstanding record in patient safety – Awarded an “A” in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score

LENOIR, NC, November 10, 2014 – Caldwell Memorial Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Caldwell Memorial Hospital remains committed to quality care that is safe, affordable and accessible,” said Laura Easton, President and CEO.  “Our mission is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to our community. Our continuous desire is to better the standards of care for our patients and health care overall.  The results of our care remain outstanding and The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score reflects our commitment to and performance of top quality outcomes.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Caldwell Memorial Hospital
A member of the nationally-recognized UNC Health Care System since May 1, 2013, Caldwell Memorial Hospital is the private, not-for-profit community hospital located in Lenoir,
North Carolina. Since opening in January of 1951, it has continued to grow and change in order to meet the healthcare needs of its community. Anchored by a high-quality 110-bed acute care hospital and a provider network of more than sixty primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice professionals, the mission of Caldwell Memorial Hospital is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to its community.  www.caldwellmemorial.org

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