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CHOC CHILDREN’S NAMED ONE OF THE SAFEST HOSPITALS IN THE NATION BY THE LEAPFROG GROUP
December 06, 2013

CHOC Children’s Hospital has earned the “Top Hospital” designation from The Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients.  CHOC is one of only 13 children's hospitals in the nation named to the "2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals" list, based on results from The Leapfrog Group’s national survey. 

A record number 1,324 hospitals participated in the survey, which measured performance in patient safety and quality.  Specifically, the survey focused on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare; resource use; and management structures in place to prevent errors. Demonstrating the highest standards in quality of care and resource use, Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions.

“The field of hospitals considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, CHOC has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to CHOC,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group.

The 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is one of many accolades earned by CHOC for performance excellence.  CHOC was named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-14) and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  CHOC is also the only children’s hospital in California to earn the Gold Level CAPE award from the California Council of Excellence, and the first hospital in the nation to have its pediatric intensive care unit honored with the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

CHOC’s commitment to the highest standards of patient care and safety is reflected in the new Bill Holmes Tower, which opened in March 2013.  The seven-story patient care tower was designed to make CHOC one of the safest, most advanced children’s hospitals in the world.  It features the latest technology and design elements, including same-handed rooms, to improve care and outcomes for pediatric patients.

“CHOC takes tremendous pride in our dedication to creating the safest environment in which to deliver care.  While the accolades are noteworthy, it’s our quality outcomes that matter the most.  We know the level of trust parents place in us when they bring their children through our doors, and we will do whatever we can to ensure they receive the best possible care,” stated Dr. Jim Cappon, medical director, quality and patient safety, CHOC Children’s.  Dr. Cappon accepted the Leapfrog award on behalf of CHOC at Leapfrog’s annual meeting on Dec. 3, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to initiating breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.

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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