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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC One of Only Seven Pediatric Hospitals In Nation Named Leapfrog Top Hospital for Safety/Quality

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of only seven pediatric hospitals in the nation named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2010 class of Top Hospitals, based on the results of a survey that measures hospitals’ performance in patient safety and quality. This is the third year in a row Children’s Hospital has been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital.

Children’s Hospital’s selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures the hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results are posted online by the Leapfrog Group and accessible by anyone, including patients and families, employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital’s quality and safety, according to the Leapfrog Group.

“Our selection as a Leapfrog Top Hospital speaks to the dedication of our nurses and physicians in providing the highest level of pediatric care in the safest environment possible,” said Christopher Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “We are committed to continuing to find ways to improve the delivery of pediatric health care, and as a national leader in the use of technology, we are uniquely poised to do so.”

The survey, which started 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.

Children’s is a pioneer in the development and use of an electronic medical record (EMR) system, which it first implemented in 2002. This innovative way of working, which Children’s calls its eRecord, includes storing each patient’s full history electronically, from radiology images to medications. This eRecord system has drastically reduced potential medical errors and streamlined processes, making Children’s one of the nation’s most efficient and safest children’s hospitals.

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. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent organization working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind.

“It represents an enormous commitment by the institution to not only measure what they do against tough standards, but also to work for change and be transparent about it. And it’s a signal to employers and other health care professionals in their community that these hospitals care,” said Leapfrog Chief Executive Officer Leah Binder.

Children’s Hospital was among seven pediatric hospitals and 58 urban and rural adult hospitals selected as Top Hospitals out of nearly 1,200 who voluntarily participated in the survey.

In addition to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the 2010 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospitals are:
• Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CA)
• Children’s National Medical Center (Washington D.C.)
• Children’s Hospital Boston (MA)
• Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Saint Paul (MN)
• Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Minneapolis (MN)
• Cook Children’s Medical Center (TX)

Marc Lukasiak, (412) 692-7919,
Wendy Zellner, (412) 586-9777,

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December 1, 2010
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December 1, 2010