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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY NAMED TO LEAPFROG'S TOP HOSPITALS 2006 LIST
October 20, 2006

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is one of 59 hospitals - and one of only nine children's hospitals, named to the first Leapfrog "Top Hospitals 2006" list, based on recent results from 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. The Survey results from over 1,200 hospitals reveal significant findings about the state of health care quality and safety in the nation's hospitals. The Survey asks hospitals about their awareness and action on 30 "Safe Practices for Better Healthcare" endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, the only national survey that provides a full assessment of a hospital's quality and safety, collects data from hospitals on their 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 five high-risk procedures and care for two high-risk neonatal conditions?

 Leapfrog Safe Practice Score: How well are hospitals progressing on the other 27 National Quality Forum Safe Practices?

CHOC is one of only nine children's hospitals across the nation to be named to the Leapfrog Top Hospital List, and one of only four in the state. In May 2006, CHOC was one of 22 California hospitals recognized for outstanding commitment to health care quality and patient safety by receiving the "Excellence in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Award" from the state's leading health plans.

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 (2014-2015) 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 health care 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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