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Leapfrog's best U.S. hospitals

Dec. 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM   |   Comments

BALTIMORE, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- California dominates a non-profit group's list of the best U.S. hospitals with 20 making the list.

The Hospital Safety Score, an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, which conducts the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, ranked hospitals for care, preventing medical errors, reducing mortality risk and reduced hospital re-admissions.

"Leapfrog holds hospitals to a fixed set of defined and transparent standards that are extremely high, and only the hospitals that meet those standards earn the distinction," Leah Binder, president and chief executive officers of The Leapfrog Group, said in a statement. "This year we raised the bar for achieving this award, and still we had a record number of hospitals which met the standards, including a record number of top rural hospitals."

For the first time, in addition to meeting the quality and resource use standards under Leapfrog, winning hospitals must now also earn an A from Leapfrog's newest initiative, the Hospital Safety Score, Binder said.

The Hospital Safety Score looks closely at how safe hospitals are for patients. An A, B, C, D or F score was assigned to a hospital based on expert analysis of infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors that frequently cause harm or death during a hospital stay, Binder said.

This year's Top Hospital list includes a record 13 Top Rural Hospitals, 67 Top Urban Hospitals and 12 Top Children's Hospitals.

This year's Leapfrog Top Urban Hospitals were:

-- Banner Desert Medical Center in Arizona.

-- Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

-- Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center in California.

-- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center in California.

-- Stanford Hospital & Clinics in California.

-- Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center in California.

-- University of California Davis Medical Center in California.

-- Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville in Florida.

-- The Queen's Medical Center in Hawaii.

-- Central DuPage Hospital, a member of Cadence Health in Illinois.

-- NorthShore Evanston Hospital in Illinois.

-- NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital in Illinois.

-- Northwest Community Healthcare in Illinois.

-- Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois.

-- Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Illinois.

-- Rush University Medical Center in Illinois.

-- St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Indiana.

-- Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts.

-- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts.

-- Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts.

-- Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts.

-- Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts.

-- Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Massachusetts.

-- Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland.

-- Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in Maryland.

-- University of Maryland Medical Center in Maryland.

-- Central Maine Medical Center in Maine.

-- Pen Bay Medical Center in Maine.

-- DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.

-- DMC Harper University Hospital in Michigan.

-- DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Michigan.

-- Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Michigan.

-- Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Michigan.

-- St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Michigan.

-- University of Michigan Health System.

-- Regions Hospital in Minnesota.

-- Mayo Clinic – Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

-- Duke University Hospital in North Carolina.

-- Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

-- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey.

-- The Valley Hospital in New Jersey.

-- Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York.

-- Ohio Health Dublin Methodist Hospital.

-- The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Ohio.

-- The Christ Hospital in Ohio.

-- University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio.

-- Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania.

-- Vanderbilt University Hospital in Tennessee.

-- Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Virginia.

-- Swedish Medical Center/First Hill in Washington.

-- Virginia Mason Medical Center.

-- Bellin Hospital in Wisconsin.

Leapfrog's Top Rural Hospitals were:

-- Florida Hospital Wauchula in Florida.

-- Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Iowa.

-- Blessing Hospital in Illinois.

-- Fairview Hospital in Massachusetts.

-- Calais Regional Hospital in Maine.

-- Inland Hospital in Maine.

-- Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization in Maine.

-- Rumford Hospital Maine.

-- Sebasticook Valley Health in Maine.

-- OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Michigan.

-- Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

-- Baptist Easley Hospital in South Carolina.

-- Takoma Regional Hospital in Tennessee.

Leapfrog's Top Children's Hospitals were:

-- Phoenix Children's Hospital.

-- Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

-- Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

-- Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware.

-- Children's Mercy Hospitals South Campus in Kansas.

-- Boston Children's Hospital.

-- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul.

-- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

-- Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio.

-- Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Tennessee.

-- Cook Children's Medical Center in Texas.

-- MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center in Washington.

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