Hospital earns above-average scores


Dr. Pooja Apte, right, visits with Gloria Hall on Friday at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital recently received its most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of a B, down from the A it earned in the last rating period but an above-average score for hospitals rated by the system.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, formerly known as Hospital Safety Scores, are assigned to more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually, according to the Leapfrog website. A Blue Ribbon Expert Panel composed of hospital safety experts across the county grades each hospital on 27 largely self-reported measures of publicly available hospital safety data. 

Wick Baker, president of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, said the hospital is always striving for improvement.

“Vidant Edgecombe is committed to providing safe, high-quality care to the people of Eastern North Carolina. We use rigorous methods to collect, measure and analyze safety and quality data. Transparency, patient and family centered care and engagement of leaders, physicians and staff are core strategies in this work,” Baker said.

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital declined to report on five of the 27 safety measures, including effective leadership to prevent errors, staff working together to prevent errors, track and reduce risks to patients, enough qualified nurses and hand washing. The hospital did not give a reason for why the measures were not reported, but the Leapfrog website said that information from secondary sources supplemented missing data at hospitals to give them as much credit as possible toward their safety grade.

Vidant Egdecombe performed worst on the measure that asked if specially trained doctors were on hand to care for ICU patients. On this measure, the hospital received the lowest score possible.

However, the hospital received the best score possible on four safety measures including reports of a dangerous object left in patient’s body, an air or gas bubble in the blood, patient falls and infection in the blood during an ICU stay.

“We are relentless in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and implementing practices to achieve the very best outcomes for patients and families. We remain steadfast in our goal to achieve exceptional experiences for the people we serve,” Baker said.

Five out of the last seven reports of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital have indicated an A rating. In comparison, Nash UNC Health Care, which normally handles more acute cases, recently received a C rating on the safety scores.

For more information on the full report, go to http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.