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UC Davis Medical Center is ranked among Leapfrog’s top hospitals in urban settings for 2009.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 45 hospitals on The Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key variables such as mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices and measures of efficiency.

Thirty-four urban, eight children’s and three rural hospitals have been named 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, based on results from The Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Qualifying criteria for Leapfrog’s Top Hospital Award list remain virtually the same as 2008, with one added dimension: Once hospitals demonstrate top quality, they must also rise to the top of the list on efficiency.

“Delivering the highest quality and safest care for our patients always is of paramount importance for us,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “At our medical center, excellent patient care and high efficiency are simultaneous, complementary values. Our staff is tireless in maintaining them, and I couldn’t be prouder of their dedication to our patients and our community.”

UC Davis Medical Center was among 1,206 hospitals that completed the Leapfrog Survey.

Ann Madden Rice © UC Regents“Delivering the highest quality and safest care for our patients always is of paramount importance for us.”
— Ann Madden Rice

Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said, “This year’s class of Top Hospitals not only hits the mark in areas such as medication error prevention and preventing ICU deaths, but they also use their resources wisely, providing excellent and efficient outcomes for patients. Regardless of what happens to health-care reform, these hospitals are the future.”

UC Davis Medical Center is ranked among Leapfrog’s top hospitals in urban settings for 2009. Top hospitals in urban settings fulfill the following criteria:

• Fully meet Leapfrog standards for implementing computer physician order entry systems (that have been shown to reduce medication errors by up to 85 percent), and for passing Leapfrog’s test of their system;
• Fully meet stringent performance standards for complex, high-risk procedures (such as heart bypass surgery) done in that particular hospital;
• Fully meet standards for staffing the ICU, shown to reduce mortality by 40 percent or more;
• Score in the top decile in the country for efficiency — scored by the Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program incorporating quality outcomes, length of stay, readmission rates, and incidence of hospital acquired conditions and infections. The efficiency standard applies to heart bypass surgery, heart angioplasty, heart attack and pneumonia patients.

Learn more about UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center Emergency entrance © UC RegentsUC Davis Medical Center is the leading referral center in the region for the most seriously injured or ill patients and the most medically complex cases, covering 33 counties, more than 65,000 square miles and 6 million residents.

It operates inland Northern California's only level 1 trauma center, with comprehensive adult and pediatric emergency departments.

The center has been instrumental in keeping Sacramento County's preventable death rate at or below 1 percent, which is less than half the national average. Studies show patients with specific critical injuries have better survival rates and functional outcomes at level 1 trauma centers and academic medical centers. For more information, visit the UC Davis Medical Center Web site. 

“We know from research that Leapfrog-reporting hospitals are among the best in the country, and they demonstrate through Leapfrog that they set ambitious goals for their performance,” said Binder, pointing to a study at Harvard Medical School, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Joint Commission in 2008, concluding that Leapfrog hospitals have lower mortality and better quality of care than those that don’t report to Leapfrog.

“Not all hospitals make the top hospital list, but every hospital that participates in Leapfrog deserves credit. They are fundamentally changing the hospital market into one that is highly responsive to the quality, cost and value needs of consumers and large buyers of health care,” said David Knowlton, chair of The Leapfrog Group and president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

“Providing safe, top-notch care for our patients is always our top priority, and our entire health-care team consistently strives to maintain the highest standards in this area,” said Allan Siefkin, chief medical officer of UC Davis Health System. “Our ranking in Leapfrog’s top 45 hospitals is a reflection of our dedicated team’s hard work and our entire institution’s commitment to a strong culture of safety.”

This year’s top urban hospitals are located in 13 states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is well-regarded for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved. Leapfrog’s purchaser members use survey results to inform their employees and purchasing strategies.