Leapfrog names 65 top hospitals for 2010

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From a field of nearly 1,200 hospitals, The Leapfrog Group has chosen 65 to represent the top hospitals of 2010. Released Dec. 1,  the 2010 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children's hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage to work for improvements in healthcare safety, quality and affordability, made its selection based on the results of its national survey that measures hospitals' performance in areas of patient safety and quality.

The 1,200 hospitals that publicly report their performance via the Leapfrog Survey do so voluntarily.

The survey 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, the organization added.

2010 Leapfrog Top Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix
California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus
Kaiser Permanente - Riverside Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Harbor City Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, Calif.
Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, Calif.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Calif.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Calif.
University of California Davis Medical Center, Calif.
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Homestead Hospital - Fla.
Mayo Clinic Hospital - Jacksonville, Fla.
NorthShore University HealthSystem—Evanston Hospital, Ill.
NorthShore University HealthSystem—Glenbrook Hospital, Ill.
NorthShore University HealthSystem—Highland Park Hospital, Ill.
NorthShore University HealthSystem—Skokie Hospital, Ill.
Rush University Medical Center, Ill.
Baystate Medical Center, Mass.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mass.
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass.
Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, Mass.
Norwood Hospital, Mass.
The University of Maryland Medical Center
Detroit Receiving Hospital & University Health Center
DMC Harper University Hospital - Hutzel Women's Hospital, Mich.
Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Mich.
University of Michigan Health System
Mayo Clinic Rochester - Saint Marys, Minn.
Hackensack University Medical, N.J.
University Medical Center at Princeton, N.J.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, N.Y.
The Christ Hospital, Ohio
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ohio
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pa.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System – Downtown, S.C.
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Tenn.
Sentara Leigh Hospital, Va.
Sentara Careplex Hospital, Va.
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Wash.
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill, Wash.
Swedish Medical Center/First Hill, Wash.

2010 Leapfrog Top Rural Hospitals

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Colo.
Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Iowa
Inland Hospital, Maine
Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Maine
Central Carolina Hospital, N.C.

2010 Leapfrog Top Children's Hospitals

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Children's Hospital Boston
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota - Saint Paul
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Minneapolis
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Cook Children's Medical Center, Texas