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Date:2/2/2010

re costs. Safety programs, such as the Keystone Project in Michigan, have demonstrated that hospitals have the ability to reduce their central-line infection rates in ICUs to zero.

All the results from Leapfrog's 2009 Hospital Survey can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care 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 now independently operated with support from its members.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals' performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved. Leapfrog's purchaser members use survey results to inform their employees and purchasing strategies.

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