Fri11282014

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Stanford designated a top U.S. hospital

For the second year, Leapfrog Group has named Stanford Hospital & Clinics one of the top U.S. hospitals, based on the results of Leapfrog’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performances in areas of patient safety and quality.

“Leapfrog is really quite a prestigious organization and the award a real honor because it uses objective metrics,” said Kevin Tabb, M.D., Stanford Hospital’s chief medical officer. “It’s not a beauty contest, and it’s not based on reputation. They are looking for the hospitals they believe are the best, because they provide the safest and highest quality of care. We are in quite a select list.”

The 1,200 hospitals that volunteered this year to report their performance via Leapfrog’s survey are located in rural, urban and suburban settings, including children’s and adult hospitals, academic and nonacademic.

“It represents an enormous commitment by the institution not only to measure what they do against tough standards, but also to work for change and be transparent about it,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog Group’s chief executive.

Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health-care safety, quality and affordability.

Launched in 2001, the survey focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors, standards for performing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery, protocols and policies that reduce medical errors and promote safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum and adequate nurse and physician staffing.

Additionally, Leapfrog measures hospitals’ progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other data.

“A great partnership between the School of Medicine, our organized medical staff and our hospital has put hard work and focus on improving the quality of care here,” Tabb said. “It’s been quite a journey, and we’re now receiving external validation for all that work.”

For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.

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