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Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital Recognized as National Top Hospitals 

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NORFOLK, VA (December 1, 2010) – Two Sentara hospitals have been named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals. Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital were named to the list in 2010, which recognized 65 out of a field of nearly 1200 hospitals from across the country.

“Earning the top hospital designation is a testament to the work of everyone in the hospital – the governing body, management, physicians, caregivers, employees, and volunteers,” said Leapfrog Chief Executive Leah Binder.

The 2010 list includes university and other 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 national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The complete hospital list is available at

The 1200 hospitals that publicly report their performance via the Leapfrog Survey do so voluntarily. Sentara has participated in the Leapfrog Survey since it began in 2001 and many of its hospitals have been recognized for delivering high quality and efficient care.

The survey focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.

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. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. Leapfrog officials say they plan to expand their efforts in the months ahead to work with consumer groups.

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The Leapfrog Group
Patient Safety at Sentara
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