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The Leapfrog Group Announces New Board Chair

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David Knowlton has been elected Chair of The Leapfrog Group Board of Directors, effective June 17, 2009. Knowlton is President and CEO of the New Jersey Quality Institute, an influential advocacy organization that works with that state's most influential employers to drive health care improvement. Knowlton is also active on the national level representing private sector purchasers of health care in numerous forums, boards, and organizations. Formerly Deputy Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey during the administration of Governor Tom Kean, he has been published numerous times on issues dealing with health care quality and management. He frequently speaks to national organizations and testifies on purchaser perspectives on health care reform.

Knowlton was one of Leapfrog's pioneers and has served on the board for the past seven years. "Dave's record of accomplishment in health care quality, advocacy, and policy will be critical to Leapfrog as we continue to assert purchasers' agenda for major improvement in quality and efficiency of hospital care," said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. "Dave brings a vision for change coupled with pragmatic understanding of what it will take to accomplish our goals. Dave has been involved with Leapfrog almost since its inception nine years ago and his leadership has helped make Leapfrog a critical force in health care nationally and at the regional level -- and we need his guidance now more than ever as health care reform takes center stage in Washington." Leapfrog is the consensus public reporting initiative of private sector purchasers of health care and a leading advocate of 100% transparency of health information.

"I am excited to take on this role at this historic time," said Knowlton. "The information on quality, safety, and efficiency available publicly only from Leapfrog's Hospital Survey, coupled with Leapfrog's longstanding leadership in changing the way purchasers do business with hospitals, is literally indispensable to successful health care reform."

As President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute for the past five years, Knowlton has led the State's successful advocacy campaigns on health care quality, reduction of medical errors, and expansion of access. Knowlton also directs New Jersey's Leapfrog program by working with the state's most influential employers to encourage hospital participation in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

In the early 1990's, Knowlton founded and served as Executive Director of the Health Care Payers Coalition of New Jersey, a non-profit corporation representing business and labor organizations who provide health care. He remains a member of the Coalition's Board and Executive Committee. He also serves as a director of the Healthwell Foundation, a national foundation that provides copayment relief to needy persons with chronic disease.

Knowlton has served as a member of numerous National Quality Forum Steering Committees as well. He is an advisor to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services on quality and healthcare rationalization issues, currently serving on three advisory committees at the request of the Commissioner.

The Leapfrog Group ( 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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