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Wednesday, December 01, 2010 - DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Named One of America’s Safest Hospitals

Commerce Township, MI ­­–DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital met the stringent national standards of the Leapfrog Group, the nation’s premier quality ranking agency, to receive honors as a top hospital in the nation for patient quality and safety. DMC Huron Valley-Sinai joins sister hospitals DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and DMC Harper University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital along with the University of Michigan Health System as the only Michigan hospitals to make the national ranking.

The Leapfrog Group’s national rankings, based on a survey conducted at nearly 1,200 hospitals across the country, are the most comprehensive and current assessments of hospital quality and safety available.

“The staff, volunteers, physicians, administration and Board of Trustees at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai have all made a huge commitment to providing the highest level of quality and safety for our patients,” said Lynn Torossian, president DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.  “This shows in everything we do from our use of electronic medical records to our designation as a Magnet nursing hospital; from the implementation of barcode scanning in our operating rooms to the skill of our team.  We are proud and honored to be named a 2010 Leapfrog Top Hospital and will continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and our community.”

Less than two percent of hospitals nationally receive Leapfrog designation.

“This represents an enormous commitment by the institution to not only measure what they do against tough standards, but also to work for change and be transparent about it,” said Leapfrog Chief Executive Leah Binder.

“This is a tremendous reflection of the rigorous commitment the people at DMC have to quality care and patient safety,” said Mike Duggan, President and
CEO, DMC. “This is an excellent example of how the DMC hospitals are leading the way in 21st Century healthcare delivery.”

 

About the Leapfrog Group
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 survey, which launched in 2001, 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 2010 Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety ratings and methodology can be found at www.leapfroggroup.org.


About DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital www.hvsh.org 
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is one of 10 hospitals and institutes operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a leading regional health system.  Founded in 1986, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has more than doubled in size and greatly expanded its services to meet the needs of rapidly-growing Oakland County.  It is ranked as one of the top hospitals in southeast Michigan for patient satisfaction.