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CaroMont Health is the Proud Parent of a Grade "A" CaroMont Regional Medical Center

11-28-2012

The report cards are in, and for the second consecutive time, CaroMont Regional Medical Center received a grade “A” for its Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Any proud parent can relate to a time when their child brought home a perfect score on an exam or led its basketball team to the state finals all of which meant the countless hours of studying and late evenings on the court paid off in the end. Like a proud parent, CaroMont Health’s CaroMont Regional Medical Center for the second time in a row received straight “A’s” for safety—reflective of the hospital’s commitment to a culture of safety.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score SM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“CaroMont Health is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of patient care and safety,” said Jerry Levine, MD, Executive Vice President, Clinical Integration and Chief Medical Officer (CMO). “We are honored and proud to have achieved our second “A” by Leapfrog for patient safety. The entire CaroMont family of employees and providers are committed to our patients and community in providing the best possible medical care.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate CaroMont Regional Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see CaroMont Regional Medical Center's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-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. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

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.

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About CaroMont Health –

CaroMont Health, parent company for CaroMont Regional Medical Center , has over 3,800 employees, 43 medical practices and five affiliates. A magnet hospital for nursing excellence, CaroMont Regional Medical Center, is a 435-bed acute care facility supported by a medical staff of more than 300 physicians.

CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to the communities it serves, and has been recognized for its commitment to high quality care.

  • Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score SM Grade A for Patient Safety, 2012
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, 2013
  • Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from AHA, 2012
  • Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical cal in 2010.
  • Number 1 in the Nation in Medical Excellence for Overall Medical Care for 2012 by CareChex.
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for 3 years in a row, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
  • Thomson and Reuters 100 Top Hospital, 2012
  • Thomson and Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital, 2012
  • A 2011 Top Performing Hospital for providing high quality, efficient care as a part of the Premier Healthcare Alliance QUEST program.

CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at www.caromonthealth.org .