CHOC Children's

CHOC Pressroom

July 25, 2007

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) earned a top score in The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Quality and Safety Survey’s National Quality Forum (NQF) “Safe Practices” section. The hospital earned an overall point total of 988 out of 1,000 and ranks 23rd out of 1,216 hospitals that participated. The NQF reviews 30 practices that should be universally used in applicable clinical care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients, including Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE), ICU physician staffing and Evidence-Based Hospital Referral for certain high-risk procedures. The NQF “Safe Practices” section aims to recognize a more expansive set of hospitals’ quality and safety activities, and bring more information to consumers about the level of safety they can expect.

“CHOC appreciates The Leapfrog Group’s role in providing consumers with comparative data that aids them in selecting the best health care available,” says CHOC’s Executive Director of Quality, Beth Rowett. “Parents can be assured that patient safety is one of CHOC's highest priorities."

The NQF “Safe Practices” section is part of The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a national rating system that offers a broad assessment of a hospital's quality and safety. Last year, CHOC was named to the Leapfrog “Top Hospitals 2006” list.

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, visit For more information about CHOC, visit

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


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