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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Receives National Recognition for Quality and Efficiency
Date:12/3/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been named a recipient of the 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospitals Award. Children's - Minneapolis was recognized for delivering care that is among the best in the nation while also attaining the highest levels of efficiency.

The Leapfrog survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues including mortality rates for common procedures, infection rates, and safety practices. New this year, Leapfrog added an efficiency measure to the award criteria to recognize leading institutions that use resources wisely to deliver excellent care.

"This award is the result of hard work and dedication by our entire staff, and a deep commitment to bringing top quality care to all of our patients," said Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, president and CEO of Children's of Minnesota. "Safety, efficiency, and results have been the cornerstones of Children's success from the beginning, and we are pleased the Leapfrog Group recognized our continued efforts to be a national leader in pediatric care."

Children's is one of only eight pediatric hospitals in the country to receive the award this year, and is the only children's hospital to make the list from the five-state region.

The Leapfrog Group is an initiative driven by organizations that buy health care aimed at promoting breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of care. The complete survey results can be found at: www.leapfroggroup.org.

About Children's of Minnesota:

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh -largest pediatric health care organization in the United States, with 332 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Child
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