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CHOC IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS NAMED TO THE "LEAPFROG 2007 TOP HOSPITALS" LIST
September 25, 2007

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is one of 41 hospitals - and one of only eight children's hospitals across the nation- named to the "Leapfrog 2007 Top Hospitals" list, based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a national rating system that provides an up-to-the-minute assessment of a hospital's quality and safety.

The Survey is the most complete and current assessment of hospital quality and safety available. More than 1,200 hospitals across the nation responded to the Survey, which measures progress toward implementing practices in four categories:

 Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE): Do physicians enter patient prescriptions and other orders into computers linked to error prevention software?

 ICU Physician Staffing: Are intensive care units staffed by trained ICU specialists (intensivists)?

 Evidence-Based Hospital Referral: How well do hospitals perform seven high-risk procedures and care for three high-risk neonatal conditions?  Leapfrog Safe Practice Score: How well are hospitals progressing on the other 27 National Quality Forum Safe Practices?

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, visit www.leapfroggroup.org. For more information about CHOC, visit www.choc.org.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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