Stanford Hospital & Clinics Wins Prestigious Leapfrog Top Hospital Designation for the Fourth Time

December 6, 2011

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Leapfrog Top Hospital 2011
Kim Pardini-Kiely, Vice President of Quality & Effectiveness (second from left), accepted the award on behalf of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. With her are (L-R): David Lansky, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health; Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group; and Keith Reissaus, Board Chair, The Leapfrog Group.

STANFORD, Calif.— For the third year in a row, and the fourth time since the creation of Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals, Stanford Hospital & Clinics has been named as a top U.S. hospital. 

The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals – 65 from a field of nearly 1200 – was announced December 6th in Washington, D.C. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety, quality and efficiency. The results of the survey are posted on a website open to the 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  

“We are very proud to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group as one of the nation’s top hospitals,” said Amir Dan Rubin, President and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “What this award says is that at Stanford we are committed to providing the best care to every patient who walks through our door. Our focus on healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time, and our dedication to the highest standards of patient safety and quality are unwavering. We are honored to be part of the prestigious group of Leapfrog hospitals.”
The survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. 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, among other things.

Leapfrog Top Hospital 2011
The Leapfrog Group has recognized Stanford Hospital & Clinics as a Top Hospital for the third year in a row.

“All hospitals that voluntarily participate in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey deserve recognition for their willingness to publicly report critical patient safety and quality information to their communities,” said The Leapfrog Group’s CEO, Leah Binder. “However, only a handful of these hospitals achieve excellence by meeting these national standards and earning Leapfrog’s highest distinction: Top Hospital. Congratulations to Stanford Hospital & Clinics for your commitment to providing safe, quality care to your community, and on being named a 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital.”

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

Photos appear courtesy of The Leapfrog Group.

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. It is currently ranked in the top 20 on the U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Hospitals" list and No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area.  Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients.  The Stanford University Medical Center is comprised of three world renowned institutions: Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, an adjacent pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. For more information, visit

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