News | October 07, 2007

Akron City Hospital Honored for Top Quality and Safety Rating

October 8, 2007 - Summa Health System’s Akron City Hospital was named a “Leapfrog Top Hospital” for 2007 based on results from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Quality and Safety Survey.
The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., aims to improve the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare and uses its survey to assess hospital quality and safety.
Akron City Hospital is the only facility in northeast Ohio and one of just 33 adult hospitals in the nation to make the list.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Leapfrog in an area as important as quality and safety,” said Tom Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System. “I am proud of Summa’s patient-centered culture and this award is a tribute to our clinicians in all areas of the hospital who provide the highest level of care to our patients every day.”
Leapfrog’s Hospital Quality and Safety Survey collected data from hospitals on their progress toward implementing practices in four categories:
1. Computerized Physician Order Entry - physicians entering patient prescriptions and other orders into computers linked to error prevention software
2. ICU Physician Staffing - intensive care units staffed by trained ICU specialists
3. Evidence-Based Hospital Referral - how well hospitals perform select high-risk procedures
4. Leapfrog Safe Practices Score - how well hospitals progress on other National Quality Forum-endorsed Safe Practices
In order to be a top hospital, an organization must fully meet Leapfrog’s standard for ICU physician staffing and the safe practices score and either of the following: (1) two or more of the evidence-based hospital referral areas; or, (2) computerized physician order entry plus one of the evidence-based hospital referral areas.

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