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BIDMC Again Named a Top Hospital In Leapfrog Group Annual List

Recognition of commitment to transparency and high quality care

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized as one the nation's top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, the sixth time in seven years BIDMC has been honored based on results of a survey focusing on patient safety and quality.

BIDMC was among six urban Massachusetts hospitals named to the list announced at the Leapfrog Group's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

The 2012 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 of the survey 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.

"For the sixth time since 2006, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has achieved the highest distinction for quality and patient safety that any hospital in America can achieve," said Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group. "We are proud to count them among the select group of 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospitals. As the demand for information about hospital quality grows, hospitals like Beth Israel Deaconess that participate in Leapfrog's annual hospital survey, are providing a great service to their community by making important information readily available."

"We are honored to be acknowledged by Leapfrog as one of the highest quality and most efficient hospitals in the country," said Ken Sands, MD, senior vice president of health care quality. "Maintaining our long standing stature as a high value academic medical center is fundamental to our vision and strategic plans for our future."

The survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.

As a 2012 Top Hospital BIDMC met standards for safe, high quality care in preventing medication errors; intensive care unit physician staffing; high-risk surgeries and procedures; and a value score of 69 or better as calculated through Leapfrog's Hospital Recognition program, which combines quality and resource use.

BIDMC tallied a score of 82, placing it in the top 10 percent of almost 1,200 ranked hospitals nationally.

The recognition comes one week after BIDMC was awarded an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group. Hospital Safety Score assigns grades from A through F to US hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The score was compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. The survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things. View and compare hospital survey results at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org .