If you're sick and have to go to hospital, you want to know you're in good hands. Watchdog groups like Leapfrog work to score hospitals on a regular basis and just released some grades for 2017. Leapfrog grades on criteria such as safety and spread of infection and hospitals can gain or lose points for a number of reasons. Here's how some Triad hospitals fared
Moses Cone Hospital slipped from an A to a B and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center dropped from a B to C.
Dr. Bruce Swords, Chief Medical Officer at Cone Health, says there shouldn't be any clinical concern at Moses Cone.
"Our safety scores are tremendous," Swords explains. "We're proud of the work we do at Moses Cone and all of our facilities."
Other facilities under the Cone Health umbrella, like Annie Penn Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Alamance Regional Medical Center, all scored As.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center says the grade doesn't reflect the hospital's whole operation.
"Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's physicians, nurses and staff are drive daily by a commitment to provide safe, high-quality patient- and family-centered care in a compassionate manner," explains Dr. Russell M. Howerton, the Health System Chief Medical Officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "The many quality rating entities like Leapfrog grade us based on their methodology measures during particular timeframes to provide a snapshot in time. We appreciate the oportunity the evaluation gives us to compare how we can continuously improve every aspect of our care, and we are confident that we are consistently improving the care we deliver."
Novant Health's locations scored mostly As and Bs, which are similar to previous scores.
After the grades were released, Novant Health sent the following statement to News 2 WFMY News 2, from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tom Zweng:
"Most Novant Health facilities were assigned an A or B grade. Until our system can report zero incidents of infection or error, we will never be fully satisfied. On an ongoing basis, a team of Novant Health physicians and clinical staff analyze our hospital acquired conditions and patient safety indicators to identify opportunities for improvement. Partnering with our physicians, nurses and pharmacists, we develop best practices that we can bring to the bedside to better serve our patients and communities. We have and will continue to remain dedicated to implementing new strategies to directly address improving quality and safety."
For a full list of grades from Leapfrog, click here.