RUTHERFORDTON— The Leapfrog Group Safety Grade scale gave the Rutherford Regional Medical Center a “C” grade in the latest hospital ratings. The Leapfrog rating is based on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The last rating for fall of 2017 was a B. In the three grading periods prior to that, the hospital was given a B, C, D.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that promotes improved quality and safety of American healthcare. National performance measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement all provide performance parameters in determining the hospital’s safety performance. The scoring measures range from physician staffing and nursing workforce to identification and mitigation of risks and hazards and hand hygiene.
Mission Hospital in Asheville, and University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill each received an A, as well as Park Ridge Hospital in Hendersonville. Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte received a “B” grade, while its affiliated hospital, Cleveland Regional in Shelby, received an “A.”