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CaroMont Earns an "A" In Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score


CaroMont Regional Medical Center was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 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.

Quality and safety standards are in place for a reason across every service and industry with the sole purpose to protect the health and wellbeing of consumers including healthcare. Because of healthcare’s inherent purpose which is to save and improve people’s lives, healthcare agencies are held to even higher standards.

“This is very encouraging and reaffirms our trajectory of a culture of patient safety,” said Doug Luckett, Interim CEO. Patient safety is our number one priority everyday and we owe it to our community we serve to provide just that. We are honored again to receive this recognition and are encouraged to uphold this status through continuous improvements every year.”

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate CaroMont Regional Medical Center (CRMC) for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

To see CRMC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at

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. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (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 ( ) 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 CaroMont

CaroMont is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system located in Gaston County, North Carolina. It is the county’s largest employer employing nearly 4,000 employees and is supported by a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Caromont is comprised of eight affiliates including Gaston Hospice and Caromont Medical Group, 43 primary and specialty practices and its flagship facility, Caromont Regional Medical Center (CRMC), a 435-bed magnet hospital for nursing excellence.

CaroMont is a viable health care entity that provides the community with high quality care at a minimal cost and is committed to ensuring that every man, woman and child in Gaston County is given every opportunity to live a happier and healthier life. Caromont has been recognized for its quality and overall performance by the following experts:

  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals 2012
  • Top Performer in the Joint Commission Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical cal in 2010.
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for 4 years in a row, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • 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 .