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December 3, 2013- DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital Awarded Coveted 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction

The Leapfrog Group has named the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children’s Hospital of Michigan and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals, a gold standard in measuring hospital performance with quality and safety. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on December 3 in Arlington, Va., which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators.

“Every year our hospitals are recognized as leaders in the industry, we are thankful for our DMC staff and physicians who maintain our focus on quality and safety for our patients,” said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. “Both Children’s Hospital of Michigan and DMC Detroit Receiving are well regarded for their pediatric, and adult specialty and trauma care, and patients travel from throughout the region and state for the specialized services offered at both of these remarkable hospitals.”

“The field of hospitals’ considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever.  By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, DMC has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to DMC,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital were selected as Top Hospitals out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. 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 Leapfrog 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 (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of health care.

Established in 1886, the Children's Hospital of Michigan is the first and most experienced hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, pediatric burn and trauma, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America's best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children's Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility.

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital offers expertise in complex trauma, critical care, orthopedics, urology, neurosciences, geriatrics, urology, pulmonology and stroke, and is an ABA verified burn center, one of only 43 in the country. DMC Detroit Receiving is Michigan’s first Level I Trauma Center and its leading 24/7 hyperbaric oxygen therapy program. Detroit Receiving achieved Magnet status in 2009; only 7% of this nation’s hospitals are so designated for nursing excellence, nursing leadership, research and community outreach. 

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