Johnston Health Receives Highest Rating For Safety

Johnston Health, which has hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton, has earned back-to-back “A” safety grades from The Leapfrog Group. The rating highlights the health care system’s commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

Johnston Health was one of 832 hospitals in the nation to earn top marks in the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 report card. The health care system also earned an “A” on the spring report card.

“We hold ourselves to the highest standards of quality and excellence to meet the health care needs of our patients,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and president of Johnston Health. “We are committed to our communities, invested in our patients’ well-being, and focused on providing the best possible care right here in our county.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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. Nationwide, 832 hospitals received “A” grades.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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About Johnston Health
Johnston Health is the health care system serving Johnston County. It operates acute care hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton, which are licensed for a combined 199 beds. Since February 2014, Johnston Health has been part of UNC Health Care.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.