September 24, 2008

Evanston and Northwestern Memorial Among Top Hospitals in U.S. Recognized for Safety and Quality

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leapfrog Group and the Midwest Business Group on Health today named this year's Top Hospitals, recognizing top performers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey from across the nation. Two Chicago-area facilities, Evanston Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are among only 26 hospitals and seven children's hospitals that achieved this level of performance from among 1,220 hospitals participating in the Survey.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey and its public website provide a vital source of information for consumers making important decisions about their health.

"Evanston and Northwestern Memorial earned recognition as being among the nation's Top Hospitals as a result of their commitment to patient safety and quality," said Larry Boress, president and CEO of MBGH, the Illinois Leapfrog Regional Roll-out spokesperson. "Last year, only about half of the hospitals in Illinois were willing to publicly report their progress in meeting national patient safety measures. Those facilities that participated in the Survey deserve praise for their commitment to public reporting of quality information, which has been shown to save lives, decrease infection rates and moderate the cost of care."

Top Hospitals fully meet Leapfrog standards for not only implementing computer physician order entry (CPOE) systems that help prevent medication errors, but have also carefully tested these systems with Leapfrog's CPOE Evaluation Tool. Additionally, Top Hospitals fully meet stringent performance standards for at least one of the complex, high-risk procedures (such as heart bypass surgery) done in that particular hospital; the ICU staffing standard; and, must fully meet or demonstrate "substantial progress" on 13 additional nationally-recognized safe practices, such as preventing pneumonia or bloodstream infections.

"Hospitals that have met these demanding standards have gone the extra mile and demonstrate an exceptional level of performance," said Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "They serve as a model for other hospitals."

Information about how well other Chicago-area and Illinois hospitals performed on the Leapfrog Survey, as well as the complete Top Hospitals list and its methodology, is available at MBGH encourages consumers to inquire if their local hospital is on the list of reporting facilities.

About the Midwest Business Group on Health (

The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers. MBGH's 96 members represent over 2 million lives, spending more than $2.5 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. Organized as a nonprofit, MBGH offers employers a variety of health benefit educational seminars, networking opportunities, quality and community initiatives, demonstration projects and group purchasing programs. MBGH is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health.

The Leapfrog Group (

On behalf of the millions of Americans for whom many of the nation's largest corporations and public agencies buy health benefits, The Leapfrog Group aims to use its members' collective leverage 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.

Midwest Business Group on Health

CONTACT: Cary Conway of Midwest Business Group on Health,+1-972-731-9242, [email protected]

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