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Roswell Park named a Leapfrog Top Hospital for third consecutive year

by jmaloni

Press release

Tue, Dec 4th 2012 10:25 pm

RPCI is only facility in New York state to earn designation

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been named to The Leapfrog Group's annual Top Hospitals list for a third consecutive year. One of only three National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in New York state, RPCI is the only New York facility to be named a Leapfrog Top Hospital for 2012.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital designation puts RPCI in a class representing less than 8 percent of eligible hospitals. In all, 67 urban facilities, 13 rural institutions and 12 children's hospitals earned the designation this year. The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private employers, selects hospitals for the designation based on an annual national survey measuring performance in areas such as error prevention, intensive care unit staffing and complex, high-risk procedures.

"The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive. Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 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 Roswell Park for care."

RPCI has frequently been recognized for high-quality care and overall excellence. The institute was again recognized in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 Best Hospitals list for cancer care and also this year was re-certified for a three-year period by the Joint Commission, an independent accrediting body.

"We are extremely proud to receive the Leapfrog award for the third consecutive year. Roswell Park participates in a number of quality assessment programs every year - many of them, like the annual Leapfrog survey, on a voluntary basis," said Roswell Park Medical Director Dr. Judy Smith. "Through this process, we can evaluate the work we do and look for opportunities for further improvement; it is an invaluable opportunity for a thorough, unbiased review by an informed outside organization."

The full list is available at http://www.leapfroggroup.org/policy_leadership/leapfrog_news/4971411.

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.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in upstate New York. The institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI's website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected].

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