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The Leapfrog Group Announces New Board Chair
Date:6/25/2009

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 lea
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