Tuesday, December 04, 2012
7 YEARS IN A ROW AS A LEAPFROG TOP HOSPITAL
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) ranks among the nation's top hospitals for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey, an analysis of patient safety and quality performance measures from nearly 1,200 hospitals. UMMC is one of only two hospitals in the country -- and the only hospital on the East Coast -- to make the list every year since its inception in 2006.
"The Leapfrog Group's recognition of UMMC as a Top Hospital for seven continuous years is a testament to our employees who work together every day to give the very best care for our patients. Our amazing teams of health care providers -- physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, technicians and support staff -- remain committed to providing quality and compassionate care to all of our patients and their families," says Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Rivest will deliver the welcoming keynote at the 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital award ceremony, being presented today at The Leapfrog Group's annual meeting in Baltimore.
The Leapfrog Group's annual hospital survey measures hospitals' performance on a number of key patient safety and quality outcomes, and hospitals must meet Leapfrog's stringent criteria including standards focusing on core areas of hospital care, such as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE).
Leapfrog's standard for CPOE measures the extent to which a hospital has adopted CPOE, and whether decision-support tools are working effectively. To fully meet this standard, physicians must enter at least 75 percent of medication orders through a CPOE system and demonstrate that an inpatient CPOE system can identify at least 50 percent of common, serious prescribing errors.
A recognized hospital must also fully meet Leapfrog's standard for ICU Physician Staffing. Research has shown that in ICUs where intensivists manage or co-manage all patients, there is a 30 percent reduction in overall hospital mortality and a 40 percent reduction in ICU mortality. With 10 units, UMMC has more intensive care units than most hospitals in the country, including surgical, medical, neurological, cardiac surgery, multi-trauma and pediatric ICUs. All are staffed by doctors specially trained in intensive and critical care medicine.
UMMC also fulfills Leapfrog's criteria for high-risk surgeries and procedures including heart bypass, angioplasty, aortic valve replacement, abdominal aortic aneurism repair, bariatric surgery, esophogectomy, pancreatectomy, and high-risk newborn deliveries, and has met Leapfrog's robust volume, processes of care, and outcomes standards. Approximately 1,750 of these complex surgeries and procedures are performed at UMMC every year.
The Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program uses each standard from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to calculate an overall value score for each hospital. UMMC scored 78 on this measurement -- nearly 30 points higher than the national average of 51. The overall value score reflects a combination of quality (81) and resource use (72), with quality weighted more heavily in the calculation.
"The Leapfrog Group's ongoing recognition of the University of Maryland Medical Center affirms the quality of care provided by the highly skilled teams of medical professionals, and demonstrates the power of collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine," says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. All UMMC physicians are faculty of the School of Medicine.
In 2010, the Leapfrog Group named the University of Maryland Medical Center a Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality of care because of its consistently high performance in the annual survey. UMMC shared the honor with only one other U.S. hospital.
"The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, the University of Maryland Medical Center has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently providing safe, high-quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to the University of Maryland Medical Center for care," said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of the Leapfrog Group.
The 2012 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are available at http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About the University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 779-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. As a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation, UMMC treats patients who are referred nationally and regionally for advanced medical, surgical and critical care. It also has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.