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 Leapfrog initiative.
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.