WakeMed News Releases

May 9, 2013
WakeMed Raleigh Campus & WakeMed Cary Hospital Recognized as Top Hospitals
The Leapfrog Group gives both facilities an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2013) – WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital each received a Hospital Safety Score of ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that works to initiate improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care. The Leapfrog Group made all scores for hospitals nationwide public today.

WakeMed recently began participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This participation positively impacted the system’s ‘A’ scoring at both hospitals. The score also reflects quality and safety efforts WakeMed has implemented, including the hospital system’s Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), the nursing program’s robust leadership and, integrated patient safety and risk management programs, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) prevention, hand hygiene efforts and the establishment of the eICU, among others.

“We are pleased with the ‘A’ grades and will continue to strive for improvement in both our processes and safe patient outcomes. Leapfrog is only one of several quality rating organizations which assess patient safety, but the process of review and data submission allows us to benchmark ourselves against other institutions,” commented West Paul, MD, vice president of Quality & Patient Safety. “At WakeMed, we are committed to keeping our patients as safe as possible, from the time they enter our facilities until the time they leave, and to ensuring they receive the highest quality of care while they are here.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is 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 WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care.
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