July 27, 2011

The Leapfrog Group Will Publicly Report on Nursing Excellence

2011 Hospital Ratings Will Include Magnet® Status for the First Time

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of a growing body of studies highlighting the key role nurses' play in patient safety, The Leapfrog Group announced they will publicly report on hospitals that have demonstrated nursing excellence on Leapfrog's annual hospital survey. Making the announcement at AARP's Champion Nursing Council and Coalition Meeting in Washington, D.C., Leapfrog's CEO Leah Binder stated, "With this addition to our annual survey, Leapfrog is recognizing the vital role nurses play in patient safety and their strong commitment to transparency. As I visit hospitals across the country, I am constantly finding that the highest performing hospitals, many of Leapfrog's Top Hospitals, have earned the prestigious recognition of Magnet® and nurses are the most vocal supporters of making patient safety and quality information transparent. Our employer members value this designation, and its implications for safety, and believe hospitals deserve recognition when they achieve it." The 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Survey data is publicly available for the first time today.

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The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with a reliable benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive.

"We are thrilled that The Leapfrog Group has decided to recognize the achievement of the Magnet credential in this meaningful way," said Magnet Recognition Program® Director Craig Luzinski, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE. "Adding Magnet Recognition to the list of factors that exemplify safe and high quality care in the Leapfrog survey is an important way for these hospitals to be acknowledged for their nursing excellence."

Today's announcement comes as part of The Leapfrog Group's commitment to implement recommendations found in Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." Binder joined other healthcare, business, consumer, and education leaders at a meeting convened by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. CCNA is working with national and state stakeholders to drive action in support of the IOM recommendations.

"Representing purchasers of healthcare, Leapfrog offers an important business perspective to the importance of strong nursing," said Susan Reinhard, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA's Chief Strategist. "High quality health care requires high quality nurse-delivered care."

Hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey that indicate they have current Magnet® status designation, as determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will automatically earn full credit for Safe Practice #9 Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey is used to score hospitals on their commitment to staffing their hospitals with highly trained nurses and putting those nurses in leadership positions which allow them to have substantial input into patient safety issues.

The free survey, which is open to every acute-care hospital in the country, is the gold standard for comparing hospitals' performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the nation's oldest and most transparent all-payor national hospital survey. Leapfrog's Survey team consult with leading purchasers and several panels of experts to continually update the survey to reflect the most up to date evidence and assure alignment with other national reporting initiatives such as CMS and the Joint Commission.

Results from the survey 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Survey can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp where visitors can search for hospitals by city, state, or zip code. A list of hospitals reporting Magnet® status to Leapfrog is available at www.leapfroggroup.org/MagnetRecognition. In addition, the designation will be displayed by hospital under the section titled "Steps to Avoid Harm." Visitors can also find information, by hospital, on infection rates, survival rates for certain high-risk surgeries, rates of hospital-acquired injuries, rates of early elective deliveries, and much more about a hospital's safety and quality.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health benefits founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality, and affordability. Leapfrog purchaser members use hospital survey results in contracting, open enrollment with their employees and other public reporting, benefits design, and value-based purchasing programs. View results of the 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Survey at www.leapfroggroup.org/cp. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey focuses on three critical areas of patient safety and quality: how patients fare, which includes issues like mortality for common high-risk surgeries and procedures; resources used to care for patients measured by length of stay and readmission rates; and management practices that promote safety and quality, such as adopting computerized physician order entry to reduce medication errors. For information on how to participate in the 2011 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, visit www.leapfroghospitalsurvey.org.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

ANCC provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program®, Pathway to Excellence®, and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care(TM) Programs; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC's Institute for Credentialing Innovation® provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the first and only healthcare certification organization in the United States to have successfully achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. www.nursecredentialing.org

    List of Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Magnet
    Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center    Phoenix           AZ
    Greenbaum Surgical Specialty Hospital            Scottsdale        AZ
    Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn                     Scottsdale        AZ
    Scottsdale Healthcare-Shea                       Scottsdale        AZ
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center                      Los Angeles       CA
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles                  Los Angeles       CA
    Children's Hospital Of Orange County             Orange            CA
    Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian              Newport Beach     CA
    Huntington Hospital                              Pasadena          CA
    John Muir Medical Center Concord Campus          Concord           CA
    John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek Campus     Walnut Creek      CA
    Palomar Medical Center                           Escondido         CA
    Scripps Memorial Hospital Of La Jolla            La Jolla          CA
    Sharp Grossmont Hospital                         La Mesa           CA
    Sharp Memorial Hospital                          San Diego         CA
    Stanford Hospital And Clinics                    Stanford          CA
    St. Joseph Hospital Of Orange                    Orange            CA
    University Of California Irvine Medical Center   Orange            CA
    University Of California Ronald Reagan UCLA
     Medical Center                                  Los Angeles       CA
    Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital         Denver            CO
    Children's Hospital Colorado                     Aurora            CO
    Medical Center Of Aurora                         Aurora            CO
    North Colorado Medical Center                    Greeley           CO
    University Of Colorado Hospital                  Aurora            CO
    Children's National Medical Center               Washington        DC
    Baptist Health South Florida- Baptist Hospital
     Of Miami                                        Miami             FL
    Baptist Health South Florida South Miami
     Hospital                                        South Miami       FL
    Advocate Christ Medical Center                   Oak Lawn          IL
    Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital                 Downers Grove     IL
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center         Chicago           IL
    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital               Park Ridge        IL
    Blessing Hospital                                Quincy            IL
    Central Dupage Hospital                          Winfield          IL
    Children's Memorial Hospital                     Chicago           IL
    Delnor Hospital                                  Geneva            IL
    Edward Hospital                                  Naperville        IL
    Memorial Medical Center Of Springfield           Springfield       IL
    Methodist Medical Center Of Illinois             Peoria            IL
    North Shore University Health System -Evanston
     Hospital                                        Evanston          IL
    North Shore University Health System -Glenbrook
     Hospital                                        Glenview          IL
    North Shore University Health System-Highland
     Park Hospital                                   Highland Park     IL
    North Shore University Health System -Skokie
     Hospital                                        Skokie            IL
    Northwest Community Hospital                      Heights          IL
    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital                Lake Forest       IL
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital                   Chicago           IL
    Osf St. Anthony Medical Center                   Rockford          IL
    OSF St. Francis Medical Center Of Peoria         Peoria            IL
    Osf St. Joseph Medical Center                    Bloomington       IL
    Riverside Medical Center                         Kankakee          IL
    Rush University Medical Center                   Chicago           IL
    St. Francis Hospital Of Evanston                 Evanston          IL
    Swedish Covenant Hospital                        Chicago           IL
    University Of Chicago Medical Center             Chicago           IL
    Iu Health La Porte Hospital                      La Porte          IN
    St. Mary's Medical Center Of Evansville          Evansville        IN
    Childrens Mercy South Campus                     Overland Park     KS
    Frankfort Regional Medical Center                Frankfort         KY
    Kosair Children's Hospital                       Louisville        KY
    Baystate Medical Center                          Springfield       MA
    Children's Hospital Boston                       Boston            MA
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute                     Boston            MA
    Lahey Clinic                                     Burlington        MA
    Lowell General Hospital                          Lowell            MA
    Massachusetts General Hospital                   Boston            MA
    South Shore Hospital                             South Weymouth    MA
    Winchester Hospital                              Winchester        MA
    Sinai Hospital Of Baltimore                      Baltimore         MD
    University Of Maryland Medical Center            Baltimore         MD
    Maine Medical Center                             Portland          ME
    Mid Coast Hospital                               Brunswick         ME
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak                     Royal Oak         MI
    Beaumont Hospital - Troy                         Troy              MI
    Bronson Methodist Hospital                       Kalamazoo         MI
    Children's Hospital Of Michigan                  Detroit           MI
    Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health
     Center                                          Detroit           MI
    Helen Devos Children's Hospital                  Grand Rapids      MI
    Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital                       Township         MI
    Munson Medical Center                            Traverse City     MI
    Northern Michigan Regional Hospital              Petoskey          MI
    Oaklawn Hospital                                 Marshall          MI
    Sparrow Hospital & Health System                 Lansing           MI
    Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital                Grand  Rapids     MI
    Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital             Grand Rapids      MI
    Children's Hospitals And Clinics Of Minnesota    Minneapolis       MN
    Children's Hospitals And Clinics Of Minnesota    St. Paul          MN
    Mayo Clinic -  Methodist Hospital                Rochester         MN
    St. Mary's Hospital Of Rochester                 Rochester         MN
    Children's Mercy Hospitals And Clinics           Kansas City       MO
    Billings Clinic                                  Billings          MT
    Gaston Memorial Hospital                         Gastonia          NC
    Rex Hospital, Inc.                               Raleigh           NC
    University Of North Carolina Hospitals           Chapel Hill       NC
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center               Winston-Salem     NC
    Children's Hospital And Medical Center           Omaha             NE
    Nebraska Medical Center                          Omaha             NE
    Englewood Hospital And Medical Center            Englewood         NJ
    Hackensack University Medical Center             Hackensack        NJ
    Hunterdon Medical Center                         Flemington        NJ
    Kimball Medical Center                           Lakewood          NJ
    Libertyhealth-Jersey City Medical Center         Jersey City       NJ
    Morristown Memorial Hospital                     Morristown        NJ
    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital          New Brunswick     NJ
    Valley Hospital Of Ridgewood                     Ridgewood         NJ
    Roswell Park Cancer Institute                    Buffalo           NY
    St. Francis Hospital Of Roslyn                   Roslyn            NY
    Akron Children's Hospital                        Akron             OH
    Aultman Hospital                                 Canton            OH
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center    Cincinnati        OH
    Good Samaritan Hospital & Health Center          Dayton            OH
    Grant Medical Center                             Columbus          OH
    Metrohealth Medical Center                       Cleveland         OH
    Miami Valley Hospital                            Dayton            OH
    Nationwide Children's Hospital                   Columbus          OH
    Ohio State University Medical Center             Columbus          OH
    Riverside Methodist Hospital                     Columbus          OH
    Southern Ohio Medical Center                     Portsmouth        OH
    The Christ Hospital Of Cincinnati                Cincinnati        OH
    University Hospitals Case Medical Center         Cleveland         OH
    University Hospitals -Rainbow Babies And
     Childrens Hospital                              Cleveland         OH
    Providence Portland Medical Center               Portland          OR
    Providence St Vincent Medical Center             Portland          OR
    Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia              Philadelphia      PA
    Hahnemann University Hospital                    Philadelphia      PA
    Lancaster General Hospital                       Lancaster         PA
    Lehigh Valley Hospital                           Allentown         PA
    Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg                Bethlehem         PA
    Pinnacle Health At Harrisburg Hospital           Harrisburg        PA
    St Christopher's Hospital For Children           Philadelphia      PA
    Bon Secours St. Francis Xavier Hospital          Charleston        SC
    Spartanburg Regional Medical Center              Spartanburg       SC
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital At
     Vanderbilt                                      Nashville         TN
    Vanderbilt University Hospital                   Nashville         TN
    Baylor Jack And Jane Hamilton Heart And
     Vascular Hospital                               Dallas            TX
    Baylor University Medical Center                 Dallas            TX
    Cook Children's Medical Center                   Fort Worth        TX
    Medical Center Of Plano                          Plano             TX
    Medical City Dallas Hospital                     Dallas            TX
    Plaza Medical Center Of Fort Worth               Fort Worth        TX
    Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort
     Worth                                           Fort Worth        TX
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano         Plano             TX
    The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano                  Plano             TX
    The Methodist Hospital                           Houston           TX
    Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital               Roanoke           VA
    Lewisgale Hospital Montgomery                    Blacksburg        VA
    Mary Washington Hospital                         Fredericksburg    VA
    Reston Hospital Center                           Reston            VA
    University Of Virginia Medical Center            Charlottesville   VA
    Winchester Medical Center                        Winchester        VA
    Providence St. Peter Hospital                    Olympia           WA
    Seattle Children's Hospital                      Seattle           WA
    University Of Washington Medical Center          Seattle           WA
    Aspirus Wausau Hospital                          Wausau            WI
    Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin                 Milwaukee         WI
    St. Mary's Hospital Of Madison                   Madison           WI

SOURCE The Leapfrog Group