For the fourth year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has recognized
Stanford Hospital & Clinics as one of the best hospitals in the nation.
Leapfrog announced on Dec. 4 that 92 hospitals from a field of
nearly 1,200 received its "top hospital" designation for
2012. The nonprofit organization, which measures hospital performance
and advocates for hospital transparency, first began publishing an
annual list of top U.S. hospitals in 2006. Since then, Stanford
Hospital has earned a spot on the list five times.
Selection is based on results of Leapfrog's national survey, which
measures hospital performance in areas of patient safety, quality of
care and efficiency. Survey results can be viewed at http://www.leapfroggroup.org.
"This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing the
very highest standards of care to every one of our patients,"
said Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Hospital &
Clinics. "We feel honored to be among the hospitals Leapfrog has
distinguished for their superior quality and safety."
The Leapfrog survey focuses on computer physician order entry;
evidence-based hospital referral, a quality metric based largely on
volumes and outcomes of certain high-risk elective procedures;
intensive care unit staffing by physicians experienced in critical
care medicine; and the Leapfrog Safe Practices Score, which measures
17 safe practices aimed at goals such as preventing illness and
infections, creating and sustaining a culture of safety, matching care
needs to service capability and improving medication management.
Hospitals that participate in the survey account for nearly 50
percent of all U.S. hospital beds, according to Leapfrog.
"The Leapfrog top hospital distinction is by far the most
competitive award a hospital can receive," said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of Leapfrog. "Leapfrog holds hospitals to the
highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their
employees. By achieving the top hospital accolade, Stanford Hospital
& Clinics has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas
of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog
hospital survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently
providing safe, high-quality care, and I would be comfortable sending
my family to Stanford for care."
An 'A' for patient safety
In addition to its designation as a top hospital, Stanford
Hospital & Clinics has also retained its "A" for patient
safety in the latest update to The Hospital Safety Score, another
An "A" is the highest grade awarded by Hospital Safety
Score program, which evaluates hospitals on their overall performance
in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
Stanford was among only a handful of hospitals on the Peninsula and in
the South Bay to earn the top score.
The grades are based on analysis of publicly available data using 26
evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. "The safety
measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the basic
blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication
control and nurse staffing levels," according to The Leapfrog
Group, which is run by employers and other large buyers of health benefits.
"At Stanford Hospital & Clinics, we pride ourselves on
delivering high-value health care," said Kim Pardini-Kiely, vice
president for quality and effectiveness. "Our commitment to
clinical effectiveness and patient safety means that we work to
continually improve outcomes, reduce variation in our care processes,
and eliminate hospital-acquired conditions. We strongly believe that
transparency is essential in creating a culture that places patient
safety above all else, and so this recognition is very important to us."
To compare Stanford Hospital's score to those of other local and
national hospitals, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization
using 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 flagship Leapfrog
Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and
purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog
Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business
Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated
with support from its purchaser and other members.