Phoenix Children’s Hospital Awarded Coveted 2013 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital Distinction

Phoenix Children’s Hospital December 6, 2013

The Leapfrog Group named Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to its annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on December 3 in Arlington, Virginia, which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog’s network of purchaser members, industry partners, healthcare stakeholders and national collaborators.

The Top Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality healthcare services to patients. Phoenix Children’s is one of only 13 children’s hospitals nationally to receive this honor and was the only children’s hospital in Arizona to earn this top award.

“We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious honor, and count it as a privilege to be able to offer Arizona children consistent, excellent high quality care and patient safety,” said Bob Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“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, Phoenix Children’s Hospital 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 Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital 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 open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of health care.

As a 2013 Top Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital met the following standards for safe, high-quality care:

  • Quality Score of 86 or better as calculated through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program
  • Preventing medication errors (Computerized Physician Order Entry)
  • Intensive Care Unit Physician Staffing
  • Safe practices
  • Never events
  • Strict adherence to Leapfrog’s safety and quality standards

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