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Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List

Recognizes hospitals for their achievement in providing the highest quality care in America

Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 13:55

(The Leapfrog Group: Washington, DC) -- Sixty-five hospitals have earned The Leapfrog Group’s annual “Top Hospital” designation, equaling 2010’s record-setting total. The “Top Hospital” designation, which is the most competitive national hospital quality award in the country, recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing hospital readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

While numerous agencies and organizations collect and publicize hospital quality data, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, now in its 11th year, is the toughest standard-bearer and provides the most complete picture of a hospital’s quality and safety. The survey focuses on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resources used to care for patients, and management practices that promote safety and quality. In each of the three areas, Leapfrog asks hospitals to report on nationally standardized measures so health-care consumers can compare hospitals in their community and across the country. Click here to learn about Leapfrog’s One-of-a-Kind Measures.

“Employers and other large health-care-benefits purchasers look to The Leapfrog Group to identify high-performing hospitals,” says Keith Reissaus, Leapfrog board chair and vice president of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana Inc. “Leapfrog’s members and supporters believe that the challenges for American health care go far beyond just keeping costs down. It’s about making certain that patients get the right care at the right time; that value is an equal part of the equation.”

“Nearly a fourth of America’s hospitals have committed themselves to Leapfrog’s exceptionally high level of transparency and accountability—a sign that the hospital industry is increasingly transparent and committed to earning the public trust,” adds Leapfrog’s CEO, Leah Binder.

University and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban, and urban settings were all represented in the 2011 rankings. A complete list of 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and the survey results for all participating hospitals are posted on Leapfrog’s website. The site is open to patients and families, the public, and employers and other purchasers of health care.

The hospitals were honored at The Leapfrog Group’s 2011 annual meeting in Washington, DC on Dec. 6, 2011, where the group celebrated the five-year anniversary of its ground-breaking Never Events policy. The 2011 Top Hospital list is culled from a field of nearly 1,200 hospitals that voluntarily and publicly report their performance by participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded more than a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality, and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent organization working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.

2011 Leapfrog top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center (CA)
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center (CA)
Mills-Peninsula Health Services (CA)
Stanford Hospital and Clinics (CA)
UC San Diego Health System, Hillcrest (CA)
Baptist Health South Florida Homestead Hospital (FL)
NorthShore University HealthSystem-Evanston Hospital (IL)
NorthShore University HealthSystem-Glenbrook Hospital (IL)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)
Rush University Medical Center (IL)
Baystate Medical Center (MA)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (MA)
Brigham and Women's Hospital (MA)
Anne Arundel Medical Center (MD)
University of Maryland Medical Center (MD)
Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center (MI)
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital (MI)
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital (MI)
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (MI)
University of Michigan Health System (MI)
Regions Hospital (MN)
St. Mary's Hospital of Rochester (MN)
University of North Carolina Hospitals (NC)
Hackensack University Medical Center (NJ)
The Valley Hospital of Ridgewood(NJ)
Presbyterian Hospital (NM)
Montefiore Medical Center, Weiler Division (NY)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (NY)
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OH)
The Christ Hospital of Cincinnati (OH)
University Hospitals Case Medical Center (OH)
Lehigh Valley Hospital (PA)
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System - Downtown (SC)
Vanderbilt University Hospital (TN)
Swedish Medical Center First Hill Campus (WA)
Virginia Mason Medical Center (WA)

2011 Leapfrog top rural hospitals

Mariners Hospital (FL)
Miles Memorial Hospital (ME)
Sebasticook Valley Hospital (ME)

2011 Leapfrog top children's hospitals

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CA)
CHOC Children’s (CA)
Children’s National Medical Center (DC)
Children’s Memorial Hospital (IL)
Children’s Hospital Boston (MA)
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (OH)
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota-St. Paul (MN)
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota-Minneapolis (MN)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital (OH)
Cook Children’s Medical Center (TX)


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The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.