Saint Clare's Hospital Named One of Nations ‘Highest Value' Hospitals by Leapfrog Group

Weston facility one of 13 hospitals in the nation to meet quality and efficiency criteria in four major procedures.

Ministry Health Care’s Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has been identified by The Leapfrog Group as one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to earn the designation “Highest Value Hospital,” based on a review of over 1,220 hospitals participating in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Group is the first national quality organization to evaluate and identify hospitals providing excellent quality and at the same time demonstrating an appropriate use of resources for specific procedures.

“Consumers and purchasers are demanding both quality and cost effectiveness, “said Rachel Yaron, Saint Clare’s Hospital vice president of Quality and Safety,” “High quality and efficient care is the foundation of everything we do at Saint Clare’s and this honor is something we take great pride in .”

Leapfrog is currently the only national organization asking hospitals for efficiency information, according to Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We believe it’s important to recognize not only good outcomes, but hospitals that do so by avoiding unnecessary use of resources. Quality and prudent resource use must go hand-in-hand if this nation is ever going to fix its broken health care system,” she said.

The other Highest Value Hospitals are (alphabetical order by state):
Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, California
Mercy Medical Center Redding, Redding, California
St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado
St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois
St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minnesota
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota
North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Mississippi
St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio
Providence St Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
Mercy General Health Partners (Sherman Campus), Muskegon, Michigan
Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston, Wisconsin

The hospitals were deemed “highest value” based on their efficiency scores – a combination of their quality and resource utilization scores - for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia care. To make Leapfrog's Highest Value list, a hospital had to have a top efficiency of care score for at least three of these four procedures and conditions. Resource use was measured by the hospital's severity-adjusted average length of stay for that procedure, inflated by the readmission rate. Quality scores are based on meeting appropriate processes of care measures, and (for CABG and PCI) hospital volume and risk-adjusted mortality.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the nation’s premier hospital patient safety evaluation tool and provides consumers and health care purchasers with up-to-date assessments of participating hospitals’ quality and safety at its Web site,

The Leapfrog Group uses its members’ collective leverage to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 by the Business Roundtable and is supported by its members, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other sources.

The newest member of the Ministry Health Care system sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Saint Clare’s Hospital is a 110-bed all-digital provider of quality, compassionate care in central Wisconsin offering a wide range of primary and specialty care.

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