To be designated as a Top Hospital, organizations must meet or exceed Leapfrog criteria in four areas of patient safety and quality. Areas evaluated include the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for performing high-risk procedures such as heart-surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. Hospitals are also measured on their growth in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions.
Northwestern Memorial was one of only 11 academic medical center hospitals to make the esteemed list and one of only five hospitals in Illinois ranked.
The Leapfrog Group was founded to work for improvements in healthcare safety, quality and affordability. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. For more information or to see a complete list of the Leapfrog Group’s 2011 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/news.