St. Christophers Hospital for Children in Philadelphia announced The Leapfrog Group has named the hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals. It is the only hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 94 nationally to receive the coveted award, according to a news release.
At St. Christophers, we know that all parents want their children to be cared for in an environment that provides the safest, highest quality care possible, Carolyn Jackson, CEO of St. Christophers, said in the release. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is an extremely distinguished honor that is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious awards that a hospital can receive. It truly exemplifies St. Christophers excellence in quality care and patient safety, and our continued goal for improvement in those areas.
A distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to fewer than 7% of all eligible hospitals. The awards were announced at Leapfrogs Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.
The Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program uses standards from the survey to calculate an overall quality score for each childrens hospital. The quality score, which is a numerical value from 0 to 100, includes Leapfrogs standards for preventing medication errors, ICU physician staffing, safe practices, never events, and in some cases preventing hospital-acquired conditions such as infections. According to Leapfrog, a childrens hospital must achieve a quality score of 90 or better as calculated through the program to receive the award.
The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Groups annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals performance on patient safety and quality. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including rates for high-risk procedures and a hospitals ability to prevent medication errors, according to the release.