For the second consecutive year, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been named a Top Children’s Hospital on The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals. The Top Hospitals list was announced on December 4th in Baltimore, Maryland during Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting, focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety, and Top Hospital Awards. Nationwide Children’s is one of only two children’s hospitals in Ohio, and one of 12 children’s hospitals nationwide, to be included on this prestigious list.
“The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Nationwide Children’s 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 Nationwide Children’s for care,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Nationwide Children’s was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. This year, there are 92 total Top Hospitals including a record 13 Top Rural Hospitals, 67 Top Urban Hospitals and 12 Top Children’s Hospitals. Other hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrogs Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey are posted on a website, www.leapfroggroup.org/cp, open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of healthcare.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital as it affirms that employees at Nationwide Children’s are committed to the Zero Hero program that we instituted in 2009 for eliminating preventable harm,” said Steve Allen, MD CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “It is our goal to provide the highest level of safety and care to our patient families. We are extremely proud to be a part of this elite list of children’s hospitals as we continue to provide a safe day every day for every patient and family we serve.”
Nationwide Children’s Zero Hero project was launched in July of 2009 and is designed to emphasize the safety role of every Nationwide Children’s employee. By striving to zero, the program seeks to eliminate preventable harm by the end of 2013. The program teaches staff to incorporate behaviors into their everyday clinical activities that have been shown to reduce the likelihood of committing an error.
As a 2012 Top Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s met numerous standards for safe, high quality care. This includes achieving a Quality Score of 90 or better as calculated through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program, which uses standards from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to calculate an overall quality score for each children’s hospital. The quality score, which is a numerical value from 0 to 100, includes Leapfrog’s standards for preventing medical errors (CPOE), ICU Physician Staffing, Safe Practices, Never Events and in some cases, preventing hospital-acquired conditions such as infections. Hospitals with high quality scores have demonstrated strict adherence to Leapfrog’s safety and quality standards.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group 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.