A health care advocacy group recently named a suburban Charlotte hospital as one of the safest in the U.S. for the second straight year.
Novant Health Matthews Medical Center was one of five North Carolina hospitals among the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade's 120 safest health care facilities in the U.S. The hospitals were separated into teaching, general, children’s and rural categories and only 6 percent of those eligible make the list, according to the nonprofit watchdog group.
Matthews Medical Center was named among the best of the general hospitals along with Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital in Winston-Salem. Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh also made the list in the teaching hospitals category.
The medical centers were surveyed last fall and each of North Carolina's honorees received an A grade.
“Top hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other laudable qualities,” Leapfrog stated, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.