Hospital receives 7th consecutive Grade ‘A’

JACKSONVILLE, NC – For the seventh consecutive publication, Onslow Memorial Hospital (OMH) has received an ‘A’ grade in the Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, designating OMH as among the safest hospitals in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is an independent watchdog organization that advocates for quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 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.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.“Only a very select group of hospitals nationally continue to earn an ‘A’ Safety Grade year after year. Thanks to Onslow Memorial Hospital for always putting your patients first.”

“It is so wonderful to see that our Leapfrog score reflects the incredible diligence of our healthcare providers, staff, leadership, and Board,” said Penney Burlingame Deal, DHA, president and CEO of Onslow Memorial Hospital. “The level of everyone’s dedication shows such passion and caring for our patients and our community.”

“We are just thrilled to receive this 7th consecutive ‘A’ grade,” added Jo Malfitano, Director of Performance Improvement & Accreditation. “The hospital’s commitment to quality and safety is consistently exemplary.”

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.

To see Onslow Memorial Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.