Raleigh General Hospital Earns an “A” in Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

July 3, 2013

Raleigh General Hospital 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 ScoreSM, 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. 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. 

"We are very proud to be one of only two hospitals in the entire state of West Virginia to receive an "A" rating from the Leapfrog group.  Our staff has worked very hard to reach this milestone and it reminds us that we must be ever vigilant when it comes to patient safety.", said David Darden, Chief Executive Officer of Raleigh General Hospital.

“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 Raleigh General Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

To see Raleigh General Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website, 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

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 Raleigh General Hospital
Raleigh General Hospital cares for nearly 13,000 patients each year and treats more 50,000 patients in its emergency room. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, the nationally recognized accrediting agency for healthcare facilities. Raleigh General Hospital also offers instructional programs for nursing students as well as numerous allied health student extern programs.

We offer a wide range of surgical services including: 

  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Spine
  • Orthopedic
  • Vascular
  • Thoracic
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Gynecological
  • General
  • Urological
  • Oral
  • Eye
  • Trauma/Emergency Services
Specialty clinical programs include: Cardiac CTA, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); PET scan, Digital Mammography, Lithotripsy (kidney stone treatment) Hemodialysis; Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Trauma Services.

A Commitment To Our Community
Every year Raleigh General Hospital provides millions dollars in charity and uncompensated care. We also contribute million dollars in taxes. We are the second largest employer in Raleigh County with approximately one thousand employees and our staff is actively involved in the community through a variety of non-profit and civic organizations including: The United Way of Southern West Virginia, The March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Women's Resource Center and many other worthwhile community and charity organizations.