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Brigham & Women’s Hospital Named Top Hospital by Leapfrog

December 21, 2011

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) was named a Top Hospital in 2011 by The Leapfrog Group in its annual list of top hospitals. The list includes 65 hospitals from across the US, each recognized for delivering the highest quality of care in the nation while attaining the highest levels of efficiency. BWH makes the list for the fifth time since the first list was compiled in 2006.

The 2011 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results of the survey are posted at http://www.leapfroggroup.org, which is open to patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital’s quality and safety.
The survey, which launched 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.

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