For the fifth consecutive year, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles earned the Top Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group, which annually recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality healthcare services to patients, according to a Dec. 3 news release.
CHLA is one of only 13 childrens hospitals nationally to receive this honor and was the only childrens hospital in Los Angeles County to earn the top award.
This is an outstanding achievement for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, CHLA president and CEO in the news release.
Cardova also acknowledged the work by the hospitals nurses, doctors, staff, the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety team, the board of trustees and the boards Safety, Quality and Service committee.
Leapfrog recognizes hospitals with the highest quality care that have demonstrated lower infection rates, medical error prevention, and a reduction of mortality for high-risk procedures and surgeries.
CHLA was selected as a Top Hospital among the 1,324 hospitals nationwide that completed the survey, according to the release. The Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program establishes hospital-performance standards for preventing medication errors and infections and establishes appropriate ICU physician staffing and safe practices, among other criteria. Based on those standards, the Leapfrog hospital survey calculates an overall quality score for each hospital.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization and coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in healthcare safety, quality
Other West region hospitals honored
In addition to CHLA, the other West region hospitals to earn Leapfrogs Top Childrens Hospital designation include Phoenix (Ariz.) Childrens Hospital and Childrens Hospital of Orange County, Calif., according to the release.
For more informaiton, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/TopHospitals.