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Two Duke Health Hospitals Receive Top Safety Grade for 5th Year in a Row

The Leapfrog Group graded Duke hospitals for adherence to safety measures

DURHAM, N.C. -- For the fifth consecutive year, Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have earned top scores for safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization made up of employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The “A” scores are part of the group’s Hospital Safety Grade -- a letter grade issued to hospitals every six months. Two hospitals in the Duke University Health System -- Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital -- have earned and maintained the highest grade since fall 2012. Duke Regional Hospital received a “B” grade for fall 2017.

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals on a scale of “A” to “F” based on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is designed to inform patients about a hospital’s safety performance when faced with possible hospitalization.

To produce a single score representing a hospital’s safety performance, The Leapfrog Group’s rating system uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, including data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.

More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals were assigned scores for the fall 2017 safety grades, with 832 receiving an “A” grade. Comparisons of hospital scores locally and nationally are available at


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