Lexington Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an “A” for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Wake Forest Baptist Health–Lexington Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the medical center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are honored to receive this recognition demonstrating our commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “We are proud of the work our team provides each and every day, and we are pleased that our patients can rest assured knowing the quality of our care has been thoroughly evaluated and found to be among the best in the country.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

“We are pleased to continue to see improvement in our Leapfrog grades by receiving an A in the fall report,” said Raghava Nagaraj, M.D., chief medical officer at Lexington Medical Center.  “Our entire team – leadership, providers and staff – is always committed to keeping our patients safe and providing them with the best experience possible. Surveys such as Leapfrog can help us see how we can continue to improve the level of high quality and compassionate care we provide every day to our patients and their loved ones here at Lexington Medical Center.”

To see Lexington Medical Center’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org