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Updated: July 13, 2010
Hospitals Can Deliver Care Efficiently, Leapfrog Survey Proves

Forty-five hospitals were cited by the Leapfrog Group for delivering the best quality care in the nation while attaining the highest levels of efficiency. The hospitals have been named 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospitals thanks to the recommendations of American employers.

To be recognized hospitals had to meet such criteria as implementing computer physician order entry systems, fully meeting stringent performance standards for complex, high-risk procedures and fully meeting ICU staffing standards.

Leapfrog said its survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues, such as mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and efficiency measures.

In addition to meeting quality criteria, the hospitals also "use their resources wisely, providing excellent and efficient outcomes for patients," said Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s CEO. "Regardless of what happens to healthcare reform, these hospitals are the future."

For the first time Leapfrog also recognized top rural hospitals, based on efficiency, that included Polk Medical Center, Cedartown, Ga.; Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway, Maine; and Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, Maine.

"Rural hospitals deserve special recognition as they often have higher hurdles to clear than their larger, urban counterparts in terms of access to capital and other resources," said Binder, a former administrator of a rural hospital.

Leapfrog hospitals are "highly responsive to the quality, cost and value needs of consumers and large buyers of healthcare," said David Knowlton, chair of The Leapfrog Group and president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

This year’s top urban hospitals are located in 13 states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

Top pediatric hospitals in 2009 achieved a quality score of 95 or better through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program and are located in California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Address: The Leapfrog Group, c/o Academy Health, 1150 17th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036; (202) 292-6713, www.leapfroggroup.org.


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