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Children's Hospitals And Clinics Of Minnesota Awarded Elite Distinction As A 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Paul campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has once again been named to The Leapfrog Group's annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog's Annual Meeting, focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety. This is the fourth year in a row that Children's has been recognized, and the sixth time since 2006. Children's was one of only 12 pediatric hospitals in the country to be recognized by Leapfrog and the only pediatric hospital in the Upper Midwest.

"Children's is extremely pleased to be recognized as a Leapfrog Top Hospital," said Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, president and CEO of Children's of Minnesota. "As health care continues to evolve, patients and families expect more from their providers in terms of quality and efficiency of care. This Leapfrog award showcases that Children's is meeting that challenge and living up to the highest standards of care."

"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, Children's of Minnesota 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 Children's for care," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

As part of its effort to constantly improve care, Children's adopted the Lean system of continuous improvement in 2006. Since then, the hospital system has realized millions in savings, all while cutting medication waste by 40 percent, switching to a "trigger system" that reduced medical supply replenishment time – and the time nurses need to track supplies – and greatly improved the turnaround time of its labs. Children's Lean program was recognized in 2011 by the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety.

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