Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center Receives Two National Honors

December 6, 2022

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center has recently received two national honors from The Leapfrog Group.

Lexington Medical Center was announced today as a Top Teaching Hospital, and in November, was awarded an A grade in Leapfrog’s Fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grades. This is the first year the hospital has been named a Top Teaching Hospital and is the seventh consecutive time the hospital has received an A safety grade.

“We are excited to receive the Top Hospital Award,” said Dr. Dale Williams, chief medical officer at Lexington Medical Center. “This high rating is attributed to our partnership with our Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty partners in urology, neurology and orthopaedics.”

“Our team is dedicated to continuing the education and training of the next generation of health care professionals. We work closely with our academic partners to develop the health care teams of tomorrow and this work elevates the quality of care that we provide for our patients and communities.”

Lexington Medical Center is one of 58 hospitals across the country to receive the Top Teaching Hospital award.  To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey – which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety – and must achieve top performance in its category.

In addition to the Top Hospital award, Lexington Medical Center also received its seventh consecutive A grade in the Leapfrog survey. 

“This is no small feat,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “I am very proud of our teammates for their ongoing efforts as health care has faced unprecedented challenges over the past three years.”

“We want those in our community to know that we are always committed to delivering safe, high-quality and compassionate care to every patient we encounter.  We are proud of our successes and we are confident that by working hard together, we can continue our efforts. We will not let up.”

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