Regions Hospital among elite group of top hospitals for safety and quality

Two in Minnesota named a Leapfrog Top Hospital

Regions Hospital among elite group of top hospitals for safety and quality

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Regions Hospitalis among the safest hospitals in the country, according to a new national ranking from The Leapfrog Group, a respected independent health care quality rating organization. Regions is one of only 67 top urban hospitals nationwide and only two in Minnesota that were named 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospitals. Results of the study are available at .

The Top Hospitals designation, the most competitive hospital quality award in the nation, focuses on four areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. Other measures include progress in preventing hospital-acquired infections and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors.

Initiatives that helped Regions earned the Top Hospital designation include:

Leapfrog announced the Top Hospitals today at its 12th annual meeting in Baltimore.

Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center for adults and for children serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years. Regions is part of the HealthPartners () family of health care companies that serves 500,000 patients and 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide.