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Cincinnati Children's named a "top hospital"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of only 65 hospitals in the United States included in the Leapfrog Group's annual class of top hospitals. The hospital was selected in the children's hospital category for it's commitment to transparency and high quality care.

The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. Survey results are posted on a website open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital's quality and safety.

For children's hospitals to make the list, they must receive a quality score of 95 or greater out of a possible 100. Cincinnati Children's was one of 65 selected from a field of nearly 1,200.

The survey focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. Hospitals are also measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.

The 2011 list also includes university and other teaching hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2001 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.

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