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Duke Hospitals Continue to Earn ‘A’ Grades on Leapfrog Safety Assessments


Alexis Porter
Alexis Porter
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DURHAM, N.C. -- For 12 consecutive grading periods, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital received top scores for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. 
The “A” scores for Leapfrog’s spring 2024 survey are part of the group’s Hospital Safety Grades Assessment, issued to hospitals every six months. This is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally.

Duke Health’s three hospitals were among nearly 3,000 hospitals surveyed across the country. Only 29% of hospitals nationwide achieved "A" hospital safety grade for the spring 2024. In North Carolina, Duke University Health System hospitals were among 38 hospitals to achieve the grade. 

“Our steady ‘A’ grades from Leapfrog prove that we are dedicated to putting patients first at all three Duke Health hospitals,” said Thomas Owens, M.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Duke University Health System. “We value the clinicians, staff, and volunteers who provide excellent care and make sure patients are safe.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization led by the nation’s leading employers and private health care experts. Twice each year, it collects and analyzes data based on over 30 national performance measures of errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. The letter grades assigned to hospitals helps people make informed decisions to protect themselves and their families.

Comparisons of hospital scores locally and nationally are available at

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