If individuals require medical assistance in North Carolina, they might want to explore alternative options to this particular hospital.

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Getting Sick Sucks

Nobody wishes to fall ill. Illness disrupts various aspects of life simultaneously, including work commitments, childcare responsibilities, and numerous other factors. The prospect of visiting a hospital becomes even more daunting when symptoms are severe. This elevates concerns about the financial implications of hospitalization. Fortunately, North Carolina is home to several excellent hospitals.

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Looking Into North Carolina Hospitals

When considering hospitals in North Carolina, which ones should you prioritize and which ones should you steer clear of? Recently, The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to patient safety, conducted an evaluation of hospitals nationwide to identify some of the top-performing and lowest-ranking facilities concerning patient safety.

Hospitals across the country show a lot of variation when it comes to patient safety. Good news for the people of North Carolina, the state ranks #8 out of all 50 states when it comes to patient safety.

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Luckily for people in North Carolina, they have 38 hospitals throughout the state that received an "A" grade for patient safety. However, there was one hospital in the state that received the lowest grade that you can get, a "D."

One North Carolina Hospital Received a "D" in Patient Safety

The Safety Grade utilizes up to 22 national patient safety measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and information from other supplemental data sources.

A few examples of the rated safety measures in the survey are:

  • Patient Rights And Ethics
  • Preventing Patient Harm
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity Care

This survey showed that Granville Medical Center has the lowest grade in patient safety in the entire state of North Carolina. 

Hospital Rating: hospitalsafetygrade.org
Hospital Rating: hospitalsafetygrade.org

The hospital's website says, "At every level of care, Granville Health System's physicians and staff are dedicated to promoting well-being, accelerating healing, and inspiring hope throughout Granville County and north central North Carolina. Through the close-to-home care of our skilled, compassionate providers and a wide variety of services, our health system lives up to those values every day, with every patient."

Granville Medical Center (Google Maps)
Granville Medical Center (Google Maps)

Looking at the Google reviews of this hospital, Piedmont Medical Center received 2.9 out of 5 stars overall. Many people are frustrated with the poor service, lack of feeling cared for, rude nurses, and long wait times.

It seems like this hospital needs to improve how safe it is for patients. Do you agree with what they found based on your own experiences? If you want to know which North Carolina hospitals got an "A" grade and where the others are on the list, click here.

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