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St. Francis Named Leapfrog Top Hospital

Third Consecutive Year St. Francis Receives Honor

With the cost of health care still a top national priority, the LeapFrog Group, the nation’s premier healthcare purchasers’ group, points today to 65 hospitals that are already leading through example—delivering the best quality care in the nation while attaining the highest levels of efficiency.

In results made public today in Washington DC, The Leapfrog Group named Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, for the third consecutive year, as a national “Top Hospital” for achieving the high-level of standards of patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and employers. Bon Secours St. Francis was the only health system to receive the recognition in South Carolina.

This is a distinct honor,” says Mark S. Nantz, CEO. “Receiving this level of national recognition for our quality and efficiency reflects that our physicians and our staff at every level have set the highest goals in standards of care – and achieving outstanding results.

“St. Francis voluntarily participates in the LeapFrog program – we are holding ourselves accountable for the measures which make a difference— and, our patients are the beneficiaries.”

Nantz further emphasized that this award reflects success in key clinical areas.“St. Francis is on a journey of ‘clinical transformation.’ We are consistently seeing the benefits of a fully integrated electronic health record – two prime examples being the prevention of medical errors and immediate access to evidence-based, best-practice care plans for the entire patient team.

“This year we have introduced a very successful program for reducing re-admission rates for chronic diseases and other key diagnosis. We have also focused on a commitment to 24-hour in-house coverage of the ICU by intensivists – board-certified physicians who have specialized training in handling critically-ill patients.”

The announcement of Top Hospitals came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting where the group celebrated the five-year anniversary of its ground breaking Never Events Policy.

Whilenumerous agencies and organizations collect and publicize hospital quality data, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, now in its eleventh year, is the toughest standard-bearer and provides the most complete picture of a hospital’s quality and safety. The survey focuses on three critical areas of hospital care: (1) how patients fare, (2) resources used to care for patients, and (3) management practices that promote safety and quality. In each of the three areas, Leapfrog asks hospitals to report on nationally standardized measures so healthcare consumers can compare hospitals in their community and across the country.

The survey, which launched in 2001, 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 such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are 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.

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