LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the fifth consecutive year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has earned the Top Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group, which annually recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of only 13 children’s hospitals nationally to receive this honor and was the only children’s hospital in Los Angeles County to earn the top award.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Earlier this year, we were recognized as one of the top five children’s hospitals in the country for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. Now we are a Leapfrog award winner for the fifth year in a row. I want to acknowledge the incredible work by our doctors, nurses and staff, and particularly our Quality Improvement and Patient Safety team, all of whom contributed tremendously to our success in 2013. This Top Hospital designation also honors the excellence of our hospital Board of Trustees and its Safety, Quality and Service Committee, which oversees quality management at our hospital.”
Leapfrog recognizes hospitals with the highest quality care by demonstrating lower infection rates, medical error prevention and reduction of mortality for high-risk procedures and surgeries. “Quality and safety are our highest priorities and I’m proud that Children’s Hospital stands out year after year as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation,” says James E. Stein, MD, associate chief of Surgery and chief medical quality officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This is an incredible example of the great work of our entire staff here at Children’s Hospital. We have the top professionals caring for kids, and the dedication exemplified by our staff and our Board of Trustees typifies the entire organization. Our patient families say it best for us: we just treat kids better.”
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was selected as a Top Hospital among the 1,324 hospitals nationwide that completed the survey. The Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program uses standards from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to calculate an overall quality score for each hospital. The quality score, which is a numerical value from 0 to 100, includes Leapfrog’s standards for preventing medication errors, ICU physician staffing, safe practices, never events and in some cases preventing hospital-acquired conditions such as infections. Hospitals with high quality scores have demonstrated strict adherence to Leapfrog’s safety and quality standards.
“For Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to have earned the recognition as one of the safest children’s hospitals in the country demonstrates the overall excellence of our dedicated staff of physicians, nurses and quality control team,” says Cathy Siegel Weiss, co-chair of the hospital’s Board of Trustees. “This high quality score and Top Hospital designation validate our work and adherence to Leapfrog’s high safety and quality standards.”
While several agencies and organizations collect and publicize hospital quality data, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey sets the highest bar for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. The survey provides the most comprehensive picture of how patients fare, what resources are used to care for patients and how management promotes safety and quality. To qualify for this honor, eligible hospitals must also earn an “A” from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals based on expert analysis of infections, injuries and medical errors.
The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals was announced Dec. 3, 2013 at its 13th anniversary meeting in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the other 12 children’s hospitals to receive The Leapfrog Group’s Top Children’s Hospital designation include: Phoenix Children's Hospital; Children's Hospital of Orange County; Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford; Children's Mercy Hospitals South Campus in Kansas; Boston Children's Hospital; DMC Children's Hospital Of Michigan; Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota St. Paul; Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio; University Hospitals - Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Ohio; Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh of UPMC; East Tennessee Children's Hospital; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization and a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind.
The survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.
A complete list of 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and the survey results for all participating hospitals are posted on www.leapfroggroup.org/TopHospitals. The site is open to patients and families, the public, and employers and other purchasers of health care.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.