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St. John's Hospital Recognized by The Leapfrog Group and the Midwest Business Group on Health as one of the Nation's 'Highest Value' Hospitals
Date:12/11/2008

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --St. John's Hospital of Springfield, Illinois has been identified by The Leapfrog Group as one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to earn the designation "Highest Value Hospital," based on a review of over 1,220 hospitals participating in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Group is the first national quality organization to evaluate and identify hospitals providing excellent quality and at the same time demonstrating an appropriate use of resources for specific procedures.

"Consumers and purchasers are demanding both quality and cost effectiveness," said Larry Boress, president and CEO of the Midwest Business Group on Health. "St. John's Hospital demonstrates that it is possible to deliver quality health care and keep costs lower by using expensive health care resources efficiently."

Leapfrog is currently the only national organization asking hospitals for efficiency information. "We believe it's important to recognize not only good outcomes, but prudent use of resources as well," said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Quality and cost effectiveness must go hand-in-hand if this nation is ever going to fix its broken health care system."

The hospitals were deemed "highest value" based on their efficiency scores - a combination of their quality and resource utilization scores - for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia care. To make Leapfrog's Highest Value list, a hospital had to have a top efficiency of care score for at least three of these four procedures and conditions. Resource use was measured by the hospital's severity-adjusted average length of stay for that procedure, inflated by the readmission rate. Quality scores are based on meeting appropriate processes of care measures, and (for CABG and PCI) hospital volume and risk-adjusted
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SOURCE Midwest Business Group on Health; The Leapfrog Group
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