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Leapfrog names 13 top facilities on quality, efficient resource use


Posted: December 11, 2008 - 11:00 am ET
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The Leapfrog Group identified 13 hospitals nationwide that provided the best quality of care with the most efficient use of resources.

The 13 hospitals are:
  • Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minn.
  • Mercy Health Partners Mercy Campus, Muskegon, Mich.
  • Mercy Medical Center Redding (Calif.)
  • North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Miss.
  • Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
  • St. Clare’s Hospital of Weston (Wis.)
  • St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Ill.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.

    The hospitals were deemed the “highest value” through a review of Leapfrog’s annual survey, according to the organization. To achieve the ranking, hospitals were given an efficiency score, which Leapfrog calculates by combining quality and resource utilization scores, in four clinical areas: coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG, percutaneous coronary interventions, or PCI, treatment of acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia care. Hospitals had to have a top efficiency score in at least three of the four areas.

    Leapfrog measures quality by scoring the appropriate processes of care measures, hospital volume for CABG and PCI procedures and risk-adjusted mortality. Resource utilization is scored by measuring severity-adjusted average length of stay inflated by readmission rate. Leapfrog will present the winners with an award during its annual meeting Dec. 12 in Washington. -- by Jean DerGurahian

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