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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Awarded “Leapfrog Top Hospital” Designations for Quality and Efficiency

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has again been recognized by the Leapfrog Group for being among the top pediatric hospitals in the country for quality and efficiency.  Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals were two of only ten pediatric hospitals in the country to be named to this year’s list. This is the third year in a row Children’s has been recognized by the Leapfrog Group.  Once again, Children’s was the only pediatric hospital in the five-state-region to receive a Leapfrog award.

“This award is a testament to the commitment our employees make every day to provide the best care to our patients and their families,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s of Minnesota.  “As we work to reform how health care is delivered in this country, quality and efficiency need to guide us forward.  We are especially proud of The Leapfrog Award because it recognizes our efforts to use resources wisely while delivering on the promise we make to families.”

Children’s has been a leader in the use of LEAN practices to increase efficiency both in how spaces are designed, and how employees work within those spaces.  Recent renovations to both the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals have enhanced this work, providing increased privacy for families, decreased wait times, lower supply costs, and high customer satisfaction scores.  Other tools, such as a Daily Engagement System that aligns employees around teamwork and goals, have helped Children’s operate as a more cohesive unit around each patient.

“The Leapfrog Group is proud to be one of the only national sources of information that families can turn to when they are faced with the tough decision of which hospital is best for their child,” said Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group.  “Today, we are honored to recognize Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St Paul and Minneapolis — for the fifth time since 2006 as Leapfrog Top Hospitals. These two hospitals have out-performed other hospitals across the country and we congratulate them on their continued excellence and commitment to transparency.”

The Leapfrog Awards are based on a national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.  The results are posted at www.leapfroggroup.org.

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.

The survey focuses on four critical areas of patient safety:

  • The use of computer provider order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors
  • Standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery
  • Protocols and policies to reduce medical errors as recommended by the National Quality Forum
  • Adequate nurse and physician staffing

Hospitals are also measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors.

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Again Ranked Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012-2013 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

For the sixth consecutive year, Children’s was ranked in neonatology, for the care that it provides to the youngest and most fragile patients. Children’s has been ranked in this category since U.S. News began ranking pediatric hospitals in 2007. For the second consecutive year, Children’s was ranked in cardiology and heart surgery, a program that is one of the largest in the region by patient volume.

“Children’s is honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News, a deserved honor for our staff who come to work each day with a passion to provide the best possible care to the children in our community,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, president and CEO of Children’s.

The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country were recognized in one or more specialties.

Award for Excellence in Life Support through the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)
In 2010 Children’s Minnesota was again honored with the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. The award is given to organizations that exemplify extraordinary achievement in the following areas: 1) excellence in patient care, 2) excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication, and 3) excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO.

Children’s pioneering pain and palliative care program earns national recognition
In 2008 Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota received the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life award for its innovative program for children who are terminally ill or facing life-threatening conditions. The pain and palliative care program at Children’s is the largest in North America, caring for up to 90 children in their homes every day.

The interdisciplinary team at Children’s includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, a chaplain, a child life specialist, and a social worker. As the only hospital in Minnesota with a licensed pediatric hospice (started in 1978), Children’s provides care to children throughout the metropolitan area, including patients from other hospitals. In addition, the Children's Institute for Palliative Care provides training, continuing education, resources, consultation, and technical assistance to health care providers throughout Minnesota and the United States.

Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)
Children’s has the only certified pediatric echocardiography program in the region, and its echocardiography laboratories in Minneapolis and St. Paul are the first in Minnesota to receive national accreditation in pediatric transthoracic echocardiography from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Each year, the Children’s team of respiratory care practitioners and sonographers performs more than 10,000 echocardiograms on pediatric patients and more than 200 fetal echocardiograms.

Minnesota Hospital Association: Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award (large hospital)
In 2007 Children’s of Minnesota received this award for its breakthrough nitrous oxide sedation program. Children’s is the first hospital in the United States to have specially trained registered nurses, under the direction of a physician, administer nitrous oxide to children for sedation. Patients are awake but calm during its administration before procedures including bladder catheterization, lumbar punctures, peripherally inserted central catheters, and others. Nitrous oxide frees patients from the side effects typically associated with other sedatives. While other sedatives may stay in a child’s system for hours, nitrous oxide quickly leaves children’s systems, enabling them to resume normal activities such as school.

Accreditation through the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
In 2009 Children’s of Minnesota was accredited by the AABB, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to the mission of advancing practice and standards of blood transfusions and biological therapies. Children’s is focused on improving the health of its patients through excellence in the practice of transfusion medicine and biological therapies, as well as continued improvement of patient and donor safety and care.

Center of Excellence Award: Children’s McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center
In 2009 Children’s McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center was presented the Center of Excellence Award, representing excellence in advocacy, research, and care. The McNeely Center is the first and only diabetes center in Minnesota to receive this award, and is the only center in the region to specialize only in pediatric diabetes care.

Accredited Certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments through the Department of Health and Human Services
Children’s labs have been accredited through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS regulates laboratory testing in the United States to ensure quality testing.

Accreditation through the College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists is comprised of board-certified pathologists who serve the public, patients, and fellow pathologists through excellence in pathology and laboratory medicine. Get more information.

Continual accreditation through the Joint Commission
Over 85 percent of the nation’s hospitals are accredited though the Joint Commission, which has been reviewing hospital performance for over 50 years. The Joint Commission works to ensure patient safety and quality care through standards that are developed through a collaborative effort by health care providers, researchers, patients, and health care experts.

Member of the National Influenza Summit
In 2009 Children’s of Minnesota joined over 100 organizations that support influenza prevention efforts. Children’s was recognized for vaccinating 80% of their staff for influenza (compared to the national rate of 40%-50%) and for developing creative strategies to encourage voluntary vaccination.

Neonatal Center of Excellence though the Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth
Since 1986 OptumHealth has been reviewing the performance of providers and hospitals that specialize in complex medical conditions. The most experienced and impressive hospitals are invited to become a Center of Excellence. Children’s of Minnesota is a Neonatal Center of Excellence, the only in the state of Minnesota. See more information about Neonatal Centers of Excellence.