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Two Detroit hospitals win "Top" award in national comparison

Detroit's Harper-Hutzel Hospital fully met standards for normal and high-risk deliveries.
Detroit's Harper-Hutzel Hospital fully met standards for normal and high-risk deliveries.
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Detroit Receiving Hospital & University Health Center and Harper-Hutzel Hospital in Detroit were among 34 urban hospitals that The Leapfrog Group named as 2009 Top Hospitals. The Leapfrog Group is a consortium of large health care purchasers that began in 2000 with the mission to promote giant leaps forward in health care quality, safety and affordability.

The Leapfrog Group conducts an annual survey of hospitals across the United States to compare performance on national standards of care for certain procedures, including mortality rates, infection rates, safety practices and efficiency metrics. In 2009, 1206 hospitals completed The Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Detroit Receiving Hospital & University Health Center fully met standards for overall patient safety in the following areas:
• Preventing medication errors
• Having appropriate ICU staffing levels
• Taking steps to avoid harm
• Managing serious errors

Harper-Hutzel Hospital fully met standards for treatment safety ratings and patient safety ratings in the following areas:

  • High-risk deliveries
  • Normal deliveries
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Preventing medication errors
  • Having appropriate ICU staffing levels
  • Reducing ICU infections
  • Managing serious errors

Many other Michigan hospitals also completed the Leapfrog survey and made “some” progress, “substantial” progress or fully met standards in various areas. Click here to compare hospital results.

Among all urban Top Hospitals in 2009, the following criteria were fulfilled, based on Leapfrog’s press release:

  • Implementation of computer physician order entry (CPOE) system to reduce medication errors, and passage of a system test
  • Met stringent performance standards for complex, high-risk procedures performed in their hospital (such as heart bypass surgery)
  • Met standards for staffing an intensive care unit (ICU), which has been shown to reduce mortality by 40 percent
  • Were among the top decile for efficiency in the United States, which includes quality outcomes, length of stay, readmission rates and incidence of conditions and infections acquired within a hospital.

Other urban hospital winners include Mayo Clinics in Arizona and Minnesota, Standford Hospital and Clinics in California, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts and Ohio State University Hospital. Leapfrog also awarded eight childrens’ hospitals and three rural hospitals top honors.

The Leapfrog group receives funding from The Research Roundtable, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Leapfrog members and others.





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