UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh claimed its place among the nation’s top hospitals this year on a quality ranking that in recent years has included Duke University Hospital in Durham and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
Rex, owned by UNC Health Care, was the only North Carolina hospital that made the Leapfrog Group’s 2015 list of 98 top hospitals in the nation. Leapfrog ranks hospitals by patient safety, infection rates, preventable errors, hospital readmissions and other measures.
The 2015 ranking, which assessed more than 1,600 hospitals, includes separate listings for children’s hospitals and rural hospitals. North Carolina merited two in the latter category: Carolinas Healthcare System-Kings Mountain and Northern Hospital of Surry County.
The organization also assigns letter grades to hospitals for a variety of performance factors, and Triangle hospitals generally fare well in these annual exercises.
This year was the first appearance for the non-profit, 660-bed Rex on Leapfrog’s general hospital ranking. No hospital from North Carolina made the list last year, and no Triangle hospitals ranked in 2013, but Duke make the 2012 ranking and UNC ranked in 2011.
“This coveted and respected recognition showcases UNC REX’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike,” Rex said in a statement.