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Mass. Eye and Ear Awarded Coveted Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction

Contact: Mary Leach
(617) 573-4170

BOSTON (Dec. 3, 2013) -- The Leapfrog Group named Massachusetts Eye and Ear for the first time to its annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 3 in Arlington, Virginia, which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators.

Safety and quality are top priorities at Mass. Eye and Ear,” said John Fernandez, Mass. Eye and Ear President & CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized by Leapfrog for our efforts.”

“The field of hospitals’ considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever.  By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Mass. Eye and Ear has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to Mass. Eye and Ear,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Mass. Eye and Ear was selected as a Top Hospital out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.  The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors.  The results of the survey are posted on a website (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of health care.

A complete list of 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals is available at http://www.leapfroggroup.org/policy_leadership/leapfrog_news/5125813

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.