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Summa Health System's Akron City Hospital Named 'Leapfrog Top Hospital' for 2007
Date:10/8/2007

Summa is only hospital in Northeast Ohio to make quality and safety list

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Summa Health System's Akron City Hospital has been named a "Leapfrog Top Hospital" for 2007. The only facility in Northeast Ohio and one of just 33 adult hospitals in the nation to make the list, Summa received this designation based on results from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a rating system that assesses hospital quality and safety.

According to The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based group aimed at improving the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare, the Hospital Quality and Safety Survey is the most complete and current assessment of hospital quality and safety available.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from Leapfrog in an area as important as quality and safety," said Tom Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System. "I am proud of Summa's patient-centered culture and this award is a tribute to our clinicians in all areas of the hospital who provide the highest level of care to our patients every day."

Leapfrog's Hospital Quality and Safety Survey collected data from hospitals on their progress toward implementing practices in four categories:

1. Computerized Physician Order Entry - physicians entering patient

prescriptions and other orders into computers linked to error

prevention software

2. ICU Physician Staffing - intensive care units staffed by trained ICU

specialists

3. Evidence-Based Hospital Referral - how well hospitals perform select

high-risk procedures

4. Leapfrog Safe Practices Score - how well hospitals progress on other

National Quality Forum-endorsed Safe Practices

In order to be a Top Hospital, an organization must fully meet Leapfrog's standard for ICU Physician Staffing and the Safe Practices Score and either of the following: (1) two or more of the Evidence Based Hospital Referral areas; or, (2) Computerized Physician Order Entry plus one of the Evidence Based Hospital Referral areas.

"We are tremendously proud to provide our community with access to this high level of care," said Thomas G. Knoll, chair of the Summa Health System Board of Directors. "Summa represents the best in patient safety, clinical practice and infrastructure, and this award reflects that unwavering commitment to our patients and our community."

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.

Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest organized delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, research and a foundation, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Solucient and The Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit http://www.summahealth.org.


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