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December 7, 2011

Maryland hospitals make business' group's quality list

The University of Maryland Medical Center and Anne Arundel Medical Center were among 65 hospitals on a “Top Hospitals” list compiled by the Leapfrog Group, which was founded in 2000 by the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives.

The executives wanted to influence the quality of health care and Leapfrog, which is now a separate nonprofit, began ranking hospitals.

The group says the list of hospitals take steps to prevent medical errors, reduce mortality for high-risk procedures and reduce hospital readmissions. It assesses their success based on how the patients do, the resources used and management practices to promote safety and quality.

Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive at Maryland, which has been on the list for six years, said in a statement, “The fact that this recognition has continued for six years in a row is testimony to the culture of excellence that drives the medical center’s approach to patient care and helps sustain the highest standards of treatment in the midst of rising expectations.”

Said Victoria Bayless, president and chief execuitive at Arundel Medical Center, a list newcomer: “Among the goals in our organization’s strategic vision of Living Healthier Together is to provide efficient, responsible and affordable care.  This award recognizes the strides we have made to streamline processes to offer high quality care at a lower cost.”

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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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