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Banner Desert awarded elite distinction as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital


MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 4, 2012) --The Leapfrog Group has named Banner Desert Medical Center to its prestigious annual list of Top Hospitals in the nation. 

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. View the results of the survey

“Our top priority is to provide our patients with exceptional care, service and safety,” said Rob Gould, CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center. “Our entire medical team and our volunteers take pride in their work, and we’re honored that the local community has entrusted us with their health care needs.”

Banner Desert Medical Center was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1,200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. Other hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.

“The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.  “Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Banner Desert Medical Center has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently providing safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to Banner Desert for care,” said Binder.

As a 2012 Top Hospital, Banner Desert met Leapfrog’s standards for safe, high-quality care. This included standards for preventing medication errors, ICU physician staffing, and high-risk surgeries and procedures.

Banner Desert Medical Center also received an “A” score in Leapfrog’s recent Hospital Safety Score, which scores U.S. hospitals with a rating of A, B, C, D or F based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Other Banner hospitals that earned an “A” score were Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo. Hospitals that scored a “B” included Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West.

Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 22 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care services, a nursing registry and home medical equipment services in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.  

The Leapfrog Group 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.

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