Children’s National Named a 2010 Leapfrog Group Top Hospital

February 20, 2011

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Children’s National Named a 2010 Leapfrog Group Top Hospital

Washington, DC (Vocus) December 1, 2010

Children’s National Medical Center is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the country named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2010 Top Hospitals List. The list is based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital annual survey, which focuses on objective measures and processes in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Leapfrog Group’s work to recognize hospitals for their accomplishments in providing high-quality care in a safe environment,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “Recognition by this group of healthcare thought-leaders is an important acknowledgement that amplifies other important accomplishments this year, including Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and our recent Clinical and Translational Science Award, the only one led by a pediatric hospital. All of these accomplishments showcase our commitment to advancing the finest, evidence-based care to children and families in our region, across the country, and around the world.”    

Among the criteria that the Leapfrog Group uses to select top performing hospitals are processes proven to reduce errors and enhance quality, including:

o    Computerized ordering of medicines, tests, and procedures

o    Staffing with appropriately trained professionals in intensive care units

o    Comprehensive systems, including training all staff, to prevent, detect and manage serious errors

o    Focused efforts on preventing infections

The complete list of top hospitals, the survey methodology, and more detail about criteria can be found at

“We appreciate recognition from healthcare leaders who see the value in working with hospitals that demonstrate the ability to efficiently deliver high-quality care in a safe environment,” said Peter R. Holbrook, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Children’s National. “This acknowledgement from the Leapfrog Group is especially gratifying given the investment and work Children’s National has put into the technologies, training, and processes that assure world-class care.”    

Related links:

    Quality Measures at Children’s National
    How to Select a Pediatric Hospital

Contact: Paula Darte or Emily Dammeyer, Public Relations, 202-476-4500.

About Children’s National Medical Center

Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children’s National press room or follow us Facebook and Twitter.


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