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Presbyterian Hospital Receives 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Release Date:

December 7, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Leapfrog Group announced its annual class of top hospitals on December 6 in Washington, D.C. Presbyterian Hospital was selected as one of the top 65 hospitals in the nation from a field of nearly 1,200.

“Winning the Leapfrog Top Hospital Award is the culmination of the hard work of every one of the Albuquerque Presbyterian Hospital employees and medical staff, each playing a vital role in improving patient safety for those we serve,” said Kathy Davis, RN, and senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “As one of the 65 hospitals honored nationally, we have achieved our goal of becoming Top 10 percent in Patient Safety.”

The selection process for receiving this honor is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey, which measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results of the survey are posted on a website open to patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital’s quality and safety. The website is www.leapfroggroup.org.

As a 2011 Top Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital met standards for safe, high quality care, which includes medication safety, intensive care unit physician staffing and high risk prevention for surgeries and producers. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors.

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. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. More information is available at www.leapfroggroup.org.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system and its largest provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing.

Press Contact:

Niki Allcorn
Communications Specialist
E-mail: nallcorn@phs.org 
505-923-6535

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