BIDMC among Leapfrog's top hospitals
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been named to the Leapfrog Group's annual class of top hospitals - 65 from a field of nearly 1,200 - the fourth time it has earned this distinction in the five years of the list's existence.
"We are honored to be recognized by a national organization that evaluates hospitals in multiple dimensions, including clinical outcomes, safety, and efficiency," said Ken Sands, MD, BIDMC's senior vice president of health care quality.
"Earning the top hospital designation is a testament to the work of everyone in the hospital - the governing body, management, physicians, caregivers, employees, and volunteers," said Leapfrog Chief Executive Leah Binder.
BIDMC was one of six Massachusetts hospitals afforded the recognition.
The 2010 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children's hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results are posted on a website open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital's quality and safety.
The 1,200 hospitals that publicly report their performance via the Leapfrog Survey do so voluntarily. "In a way, that makes all of them top hospitals," noted Binder. "It represents an enormous commitment by the institution to not only measure what they do against tough standards, but also to work for change and be transparent about it."
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