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Iredell Memorial Hospital Acquires ‘A’ Rating for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

Recently, Iredell Memorial Hospital was recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a reputable nationwide nonprofit watchdog dedicated to advocating for healthcare consumers. Assigning a letter grade ranging from ‘A’ to ‘F’ to general hospitals nationwide, Leapfrog’s rating system takes into account more than 30 criteria related to errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, along with the measures put into place by hospitals to prevent these untoward incidents. John Green, the President and CEO of Iredell Health System, expressed his joy at the recognition, attributing this achievement to the collective efforts of their team in meeting Leapfrog’s criteria and focusing on several vital aspects of care delivery and quality.

He considers the ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog as a testament to the high-quality care that Iredell provides to its local community. Iredell excelled in multiple metrics included in the grading system: infection rate, surgical mishaps, safety, practices set up to prevent errors, and professional conduct among doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. They showed particularly high competency in preventing errors, including the safe administration of medication, effective hand hygiene, clear discharge instructions, teamwork in preventing errors, and the utilization of computerized physician order entry systems. The hospital demonstrated an exceptional performance in providing access to specially trained doctors and maintaining robust leadership.

As for preventive care, Iredell managed to stay within the top percentile for numerous preventive measures, including avoiding harmful events, preventing severe bedsores, controlling blood infections, staving off surgical site infections, and warding against air or gas bubbles in the bloodstream. Leah Binder, the President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, praised the staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital for their achievement of an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade and thanked them for their comprehensive commitment to prioritize patient safety. For those interested in learning more about Iredell Memorial Hospital’s full grade details and obtaining tips for safety during hospital stays, the details are available on Part of the broader Iredell Health System, which incorporates more centers and services, Iredell Memorial Hospital stands as the biggest and only nonprofit hospital in Iredell County, making notable contributions to the local community’s health and wellness. The institution boasts 247 beds, employs over 1,800 staff, and collaborates with 260 specialist doctors.


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