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Release Date: 12/02/2014

For the first time, The Leapfrog Group has named Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals. The awards, given annually, will be presented at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards today in Washington, D.C.

Women & Infants was one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally, including 24 Top Rural Hospitals, 61 Top Urban Hospitals, and nine Top Children’s Hospitals. Among the hospitals reaching this achievement are academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.

“We are so proud of this honor and to be recognized among some of the best hospitals in our country,” said Mark R. Marcantano, president and chief operating officer, Women & Infants Hospital. “This designation as a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group is a recognition of our organization’s continuous focus on improving the safety and the quality of the care that we provide to the women and newborns of our region.”

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States. It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency. By achieving Top Hospital status, Women & Infants Hospital has proven itself to be a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in Rhode Island and surrounding areas,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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 established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather to all urban, rural and children’s hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospitals Methodology. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2014 Top Hospitals, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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. The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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