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RALEIGH, N.C. (December 5, 2023)WakeMed North Hospital was once again honored by The Leapfrog Group with a 2023 Top Hospital Award, a national recognition widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards U.S. hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) can receive for patient safety and quality.

The award honors hospitals and ASCs that demonstrate the highest performance in the nation on quality and patient safety, including infection rates, prevention of medication errors and surgical safety, among other standards.

"This distinction reflects our Physicians’ and entire team's commitment and dedication to exceptional care, quality and safety standards, and our mission to improve the health and well-being of the community we serve," said Valerie Barlow, senior vice president & administrator, WakeMed North Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group for our accomplishments and outstanding patient care.”

This year, 132 hospitals from across the country received the Top Hospital Award. The Top Hospitals are recognized in four categories: Top General Hospitals (34 recipients), Top Rural Hospitals (15 recipients), Top Teaching Hospitals (75 recipients – including WakeMed North Hospital), and Top Children’s Hospitals (8 recipients).

“This recognition is one of the toughest awards in the industry to earn, so the hospitals and ASCs that receive this award have demonstrated an incredible commitment to patient safety and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

WakeMed Raleigh Campus, WakeMed Cary Hospital, and WakeMed North Hospital all received A ratings on the latest Hospital Safety Grades released by The Leapfrog Group in November (Fall 2023 ratings).

Full results of the 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog ASC Survey are publicly reported and available for free on Leapfrog’s website, providing patients with a resource to make informed decisions about where to seek treatment.

To see the methodology for Top Hospitals, please visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is a not-for-profit health care system founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all. WakeMed’s 970-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, including three full-service hospitals, seven emergency departments, a dedicated Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital, more than 90 physician offices and Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center. WakeMed’s mission-driven team includes more than 10,300 employees, 1,400 volunteers and 1,300 affiliated physicians, along with the more than 700 physicians and providers with WakeMed Physician Practices – all representing the best minds and the biggest hearts and the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org or follow WakeMed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.