The Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare quality-improvement organization created by large employers, released its list of the 45 top hospitals in the nation based on standards of mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and measures of efficiency.
Leapfrog releases list of top hospitals
The efficiency measures were a new element to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and included incorporating length of stay, readmission rates, and incidence of hospital-acquired conditions and infections. These measures were applied to heart bypass surgery, heart angioplasty, heart attack and pneumonia patients.
The 45 hospitals were chosen from 1,206 that completed the Leapfrog survey, and were divided between 34 urban, eight pediatric and three rural hospitals. The rural category was added this year, and—in alphabetical order—the hospitals selected were the 18-bed Polk Medical Center, Cedartown, Ga.; 50-bed Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway, Maine; and 25-bed Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, Maine.
To be selected for the list, urban hospitals had to achieve additional standards for implementing computerized physician order-entry systems and intensive-care-unit staffing.
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your comments to Modern Healthcare Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.