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Four Minnesota Hospitals Rate High For Patient Safety and Quality
Date:9/18/2007

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MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leapfrog Group and the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) today released this year's results from a comprehensive hospital quality and safety survey of more than 1,200 hospitals. Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester and Childrens' Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul were named Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2007, recognizing top performers on the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey from across the nation. This year, 33 hospitals and eight children's hospitals were honored for the steps they are taking to reduce medication errors, improve the quality of intensive care and the enhance their effectiveness in performing high-risk medical procedures.

The Leapfrog Group began reporting data in 2002 from larger hospitals in six initial regions, which included Minnesota. Survey results in 2007 reveal significant new findings about the state of health care quality and safety in the nation's hospitals by asking hospitals about their awareness and action on the 30 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

New in this year's survey results is information about bariatric and aortic valve surgery, consideration of surgeon experience in rating hospital performance for these and other high-risk procedures, information about hospital participation in other public reporting programs, and hospitals' positions on Leapfrog's policies regarding never events -- mistakes in hospitals that should never happen.

Information about how well hospitals across the nation performed on the Leapfrog Survey, as well as the complete Top Hospitals list and its methodology are available at http://www.leapfroggroup.org/news/leapfrog_news/Top_Hospitals.

"The Leapfrog Survey is a vital source of quality information for consumers making important decisions about their health. Highlighting top hospitals encourages other hospitals to set equally high standards," said BHCAG CEO Carolyn Pare. "Health care purchasers support the Leapfrog Survey because public reporting of quality information has been shown to lead to improvements, which in turn help to moderate the ever-increasing cost of care."

The Buyers Health Care Action Group (http://www.bhcag.com) is a coalition of public and private employers working to recreate the health care system so consumers will get the care they need in the right place, at the right time and at the right price. BHCAG is a founding member of The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org). On behalf of the millions of Americans for whom many of the nation's largest corporations and public agencies buy health benefits, The Leapfrog Group aims to use its members' collective leverage to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and is supported by its members, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other sources.


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SOURCE The Leapfrog Group; Buyers Health Care Action Group
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