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December 04, 2012

Rush Named Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group for the Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth time, Rush University Medical Center has been recognized out of nearly 1,200 hospitals in the country for quality, safety and efficiency by the Leapfrog Group, a national organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement. Rush is was named today as a “Top Hospital” at Leapfrog’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, that is focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety and the Top Hospital Awards.

“Nurses, physicians and all Rush employees continually demonstrated that quality is a top priority for our patients and it this award recognizes that,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, Rush CEO. “The opening of the new hospital building, designed to improve outcomes and quality, is another example of our staff’s commitment to being among the best through their hard work and dedication.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program measures and evaluates hospital performance to cite achievements and encourage improvements in the efficiency of hospital care. 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 survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues, including mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and measures of efficiency.

“The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “By achieving this recognition, Rush University Medical Center has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Rush stands out as one hospital that is consistently providing safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to Rush for care.”

To be designated a Leapfrog Top Hospital this year, hospitals in urban settings such as Rush needed to fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Fully meet Leapfrog standards for implementing computer physician order entry (CPOE) systems that help prevent medication errors, and for carefully testing their systems with Leapfrog’s CPOE Evaluation Tool;
  2. Fully meet stringent performance standards for at least half of the complex, high-risk procedures (such as heart bypass surgery) done in that particular hospital;
  3. Fully meet the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staffing standard that ensures ICU patients are cared for by specially trained doctors;
  4. Score a 69 or better in value according to Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program. This  is calculated by combining a hospital’s scores for quality and resource use (which include all of the standards on Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey), with quality given more weight;
  5. Hospitals eligible for a Hospital Safety Score must receive an A on the letter grades publicly reported at the time of the Top Hospital public announcement.

In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies regarding the handling of serious medical errors.

This year, the Leapfrog Group added that a hospital eligible for Top Hospital recognition must have received an A-grade on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score. Announced by Leapfrog November 28, Rush received an “A” grade for overall performance in keeping their patients safe from medical and medication errors, infections and injuries in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals in June and again in November.

The Top Hospital results are posted on a website open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. To view a complete list of 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, go to


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