Leapfrog Group identifies nation’s “highest value” hospitals

13 Hospitals Meet Quality and Efficiency Criteria in Four Major Procedures

The Leapfrog Group has identified the nation’s Highest Value Hospitals based on a review of over 1,220 hospitals participating in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Group is the first national quality organization to evaluate and identify hospitals providing excellent quality and at the same time demonstrating an appropriate use of resources for specific procedures.


The hospitals were deemed “highest value” based on their efficiency scores – a combination of their quality and resource utilization scores - for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia care. To make Leapfrog's Highest Value list, a hospital had to have a top efficiency of care score for at least three of these four procedures and conditions. Resource use was measured by the hospital's severity-adjusted average length of stay for that procedure, inflated by the readmission rate. Quality scores are based on meeting appropriate processes of care measures, and (for CABG and PCI) hospital volume and risk-adjusted mortality.


The hospitals are (alphabetical order by state):

•· Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, California

•· Mercy Medical Center Redding, Redding, California

•· St. Mary’s Hospital And Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado

•· St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois

•· St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

•· Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minnesota

•· Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

•· Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota

•· North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Mississippi

•· St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio

•· Providence St Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon

•· Mercy General Health Partners (Sherman Campus), Muskegon, Michigan

•· St. Clare's Hospital Of Weston Inc, Weston, Wisconsin


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(Sources: The Leapfrog Group, http://leapfroggroup.org, accessed March 1, 2009; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, December 12, 2009)