• Study: Local hospital rates lowest in US for specially trained ICU doctors

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new study rated thousands of hospitals across the country, including in the Charlotte area.

    The Washington-based nonprofit Leapfrog Group looked at 28 measurements, such as errors, accidents, injuries and infections to come up with letter grades.

    [LINK: Check out your hospital's score]

    The group gave Carolinas HealthCare System-University and Novant-Matthews A grades, while Carolinas Medical Center-Main and Novant Presbyterian received B grades.

    CHS in Pineville and Monroe were among the lowest in the state with a C grade.

    According to Leapfrog's research, of the 2,600 hospitals it looked at, CHS Pineville had the lowest rating in the country when it comes to specially trained doctors in the intensive care unit.

    Atrium Health sent Channel 9 this statement: 

    "As a national leader in healthcare quality, Atrium Health focuses on continuous performance improvement to prevent errors using an integrated, evidence-based approach. We utilize business intelligence tools to analyze quality and safety event patterns and trends, allowing us to lead achievements in areas that include reducing patient harm, complications and readmissions.

    "Atrium Health is recognized for quality and safety achievements by national organizations including U.S. News & World Report, the American Hospital Association, Press Ganey, Planetree and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and we have been awarded multiple contracts by CMS through its Partnership for Patients initiative. We continue to review many outside reports, including Leapfrog safety grades, for opportunities to further learn and improve. We also continue to incorporate feedback from our Patient and Family Advisory Councils to ensure all of our patients receive safe, effective and timely care.

    "We know our patients at Atrium Health expect the best for their healthcare needs, and we are dedicated to providing world-class, high-quality care to our patients, families and communities. We continue to work toward delivering on those expectations as part of our mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all."

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