Johnston Health Receives Highest Rating On Hospital Safety Score

Johnston-Health-Care-Logo-insideJohnston Health has received an “A” rating for Leapfrog Group’s April 2016 Hospital Safety Score, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“Johnston Health’s ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group demonstrates our continued commitment to putting our patients’ safety first,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and president of Johnston Health. “I would like to thank all of our nurses, co-workers and physicians who work diligently every day to ensure that we’re providing a safe environment and the best possible experience for our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that strives to bring safety, quality and affordability of health care in the U.S. by promoting transparency. Johnston Health was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Johnston Health’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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.