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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC One of Only Eight Pediatric Hospitals In Nation Named Leapfrog Top Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of only eight pediatric hospitals in the nation named a 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospital, based on the results of The Leapfrog Hospital Survey, 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. This is the second year in a row that Children’s Hospital has been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital.

Children’s Hospital, a pioneer in the development and use of electronic health records, met a number of stringent criteria in order to be recognized for delivering the best quality care in the nation while attaining the highest level of efficiency, according to The Leapfrog Group.

“Patient safety is always our highest priority and so we’re honored to be recognized among the safest and most efficient hospitals in the country,” said Christopher A. Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “Our investment in a comprehensive electronic health record and fully automated campus that opened in May have led to significant improvements in patient safety and quality. With the resources we now have available, we will continue exploring ways in which we can improve outcomes for our patients in an environment that blends cutting-edge technology and family-centered care.”

As an example of how an electronic health record has improved patient safety, Children’s Hospital has reduced medication errors by 60 percent since the implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE).

The organization surveyed 1,206 hospitals across the nation, naming eight children’s, 34 urban, and three rural hospitals as 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospitals.

In order for pediatric hospitals to be named Top Hospitals, they must have a quality score of 95 or better in the Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program. The program uses data from its annual survey to evaluate hospital performance in clinical focus areas, including:

  • CPOE
  • Intensivist physician staffing
  • Evidence-based hospital referrals
  • Common acute conditions
  • Hospital-acquired conditions
  • Safe practices

“This year’s class of Top Hospitals not only hits the mark in areas such as medication error prevention and preventing ICU deaths, but they also use their resources wisely, providing excellent and efficient outcomes for patients,” said Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Regardless of what happens to health care reform, these hospitals are the future.”

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 10th among children’s hospitals (FY 2008) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is named one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and is supported by its members, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other sources.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved. Leapfrog’s purchaser members use Survey results to inform their employees and purchasing strategies. For more information, visit

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December 10, 2009
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