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December 2, 2009- TWO OF AMERICA’S SAFEST HOSPITALS ARE AT THE DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER

For the third consecutive year, two Detroit Medical Center (DMC) hospitals met the stringent standards of the Leapfrog Group and have received honors as top hospitals in the nation for patient quality and safety.  Detroit Receiving Hospital and Harper University Hospital the only hospitals in Michigan and are among only 45 hospitals (34 urban, 3 rural and 8 pediatric) nationally to receive the recognition for 2009.

The Leapfrog Group is the nation’s premier quality ranking agency, acting on behalf of many of the nation's Fortune 500 companies with the goal of coming together to improve overall hospital quality.

The Leapfrog group identified hospitals achieving the highest levels for quality and safety practices, being named 2009 “Leapfrog Top Hospitals”. The Leapfrog Group rankings are based on a survey conducted at 1206 hospitals across the country and is considered the most comprehensive and current assessment of hospital quality and safety available.

This is the third consecutive year that
Harper University Hospital and the second consecutive year that Detroit Receiving Hospital were selected as Leapfrog Top Hospitals based on their quality and safety scores.

The number of Top Hospitals selected for 2009 is down from those selected in previous years as a result of more exacting requirements used to evaluate the facilities vying for the award across the country.


“We have been purposeful in our pursuit of superior quality and safety for the patients we serve,” states Dr. Thomas Malone, president of Harper University and Hutzel Women's Hospital. “Receiving the Leapfrog Group’s top hospital recognition for three consecutive years is a testament to the dedicated professionals here. We are honored that the work we do everyday is being acknowledged by such a distinguished group.”

“Receiving this recognition from the Leapfrog Group for the second consecutive year acknowledges the exemplary commitment to quality patient care and safety our healthcare professionals have made,” said Dr. Iris Taylor, president of
Detroit Receiving Hospital. “Each and every day, our dedicated doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and support staff work to set a bar of excellence that is among the highest in the nation.

To make Leapfrog's list, a hospital must have a top efficiency of care score for at least three of four procedures and conditions. The Leapfrog survey collects data from hospitals on their progress and commitment toward implementing practices in the areas of: Computerized Physician Order Entry: Do physicians enter patient prescriptions and other orders into computers linked to error prevention software; ICU Physician Staffing: Are intensive care units staffed by trained ICU specialists (intensivists); Evidenced-Based Hospital Referral: How well do hospitals perform seven high-risk procedures and Leapfrog Safe Practices Score: How well are hospitals progressing in 13 National Quality Forum-endorsed Safe Practices.

This is the third consecutive year that multiple DMC hospitals have been selected as Leapfrog Top Hospitals.  In 2008,
Harper-Hutzel Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital were both selected as Leapfrog Top Hospitals based on their quality and safety scores. The 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety ratings and methodology can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org.

 

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