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December 2, 2010

UMMC wins Leapfrog top hospital of the decade honor

The University of Maryland Medical Center has been designated by the Leapfrog Group as a Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality of care.

The medical center shares the honor with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

The awards were presented at a ceromony Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The Leapfrog Group, which promotes hospital safety, used a survey that measured hospital performance in a range of areas including patient care outcomes, use of best practices and patient safety initiatives.  It is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues including preventing medication errors and infections and standards for performing high-risk procedures.

Leapfrog adds new, more stringent performance measures and expands the criteria for hospitals to meet its standards each year.

 “It is a tremendous honor to be one of only two hospitals in the nation recognized as a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for safety and quality. It demonstrates that our entire staff— including clinical leaders, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and support staff—is focused on providing the best patient care every day,”  Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of UMMC said in a statement.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage formed a decade ago to work for improvements (or “leaps”) in health care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers.

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

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