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Regions Hospital among elite group of top hospitals for safety and quality

Two in Minnesota named a Leapfrog Top Hospital


SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Dec. 4, 2012 — Regions Hospital is among the safest and most effective hospitals in the country, according to a new national ranking from The Leapfrog Group, a respected independent health care quality rating organization. Regions is one of only 67 top urban hospitals nationwide and only two in Minnesota that were named 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospitals. Results of the study are available at leapfroggroup.org.

The Top Hospitals designation, which is the most competitive hospital quality award in the nation, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. Other measures include progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors.

Initiatives that helped Regions earned the Top Hospital designation include:

  • Safe labor and delivery. The Leapfrog Group recognized Regions for having one of the lowest rates in the nation (1 percent) of elective early inductions of labor.
  • Surgical Safety Checklist. Regions uses a 19 item check list developed by the World Health Organization and similar to what pilots use before every flight.
  • Preventing hospital readmissions. Since 2009, multiple initiatives to prevent hospital readmissions has decreased the 30-day hospital readmission rate at Regions from 11.5 percent to 9.7 percent; less than half the rate of readmissions reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Reducing hospital acquired infections. Regions eliminated central line associated bloodstream infections in the surgical intensive care unit for more than a year.
  • Saving lives from sepsis. A pilot program in the emergency department reduced the number of deaths from sepsis to one of the lowest rates in the nation (12 percent).

“The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Regions stands out as one consistently providing safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family there for care,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Leapfrog announced the Top Hospitals today at Leapfrog’s 12th annual meeting in Baltimore.


Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center for adults and for children serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years. A private, nonprofit, teaching hospital, Regions (regionshospital.com) provides outstanding care in women’s health, heart, cancer, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care, mental illnesses and more. Regions is part of the HealthPartners (healthpartners.com) family of health care companies that serves 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. Follow Regions Hospital at twitter.com/RegionsHospital and facebook.com/regionshospital.