Wednesday, December 01, 2010
PHOENIX — Mayo Clinic Hospital is the only hospital in Arizona to be named a 2010 "Top Hospital" by The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.
The 2010 Top Hospitals list — 65 from a field of almost 1,200 — is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. Results are posted on a website open to patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care.
In order to receive Top Hospital recognition, a hospital must meet high standards for:
In addition, hospitals are measured on progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and the handling of serious medical events. This year, hospitals were also evaluated on efficiency, including patient length of stay and hospital readmissions.
"We are honored by this recognition. It is a wonderful reflection of the high quality, compassionate care that we deliver to our patients every day. Our entire team at Mayo Clinic works closely together to make this happen, and this award is a tribute to each of them," says Dr. Victor F. Trastek, chief executive officer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
According to the American Hospital Association there are approximately 5,000 hospitals in the U.S. The 1,200 hospitals that publicly report their performance via the Leapfrog Survey do so voluntarily.
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