A Leapfrog Top Hospital for quality, safety
UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group’s top 65 U.S. hospitals for 2010, a distinction that recognizes hospital performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit coalition of some of the nation’s largest employers and health-care purchasers — such as Intel, FedEx and Boeing — who are working for improvements in health-care safety, quality and affordability for their employees and dependents.
The top hospitals ranking is based on the Leapfrog’s national survey of 1,200 hospitals that volunteer to publicly report their performance, including university and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. UC Davis also ranks within the organization's top 53 urban hospitals.
The results, announced in late 2010, offer patients, families, employers and other purchasers of health care a comprehensive picture of a hospital’s quality and safety.
UC Davis Medical Center met a variety of performance measures to receive designation as a Top Hospital, such as:
- using computer physician order entry systems to prevent medication errors
- complying with standards for complex, high-risk procedures such as heart surgery
- following protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum
- maintaining adequate nurse and physician staffing
In addition, hospitals were measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions, and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.
UC Davis Medical Center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.