Bellin Earns Leapfrog Group Top Hospitals Award
Exclusive accolade based on survey measuring quality, patient safety
Bellin Hospital is one of just 98 hospitals nationwide to be named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual Top Hospitals list for 2015.
The selection is based on the results of the organization’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 used to prevent errors.
Approximately 1,600 hospitals nationwide completed this year’s survey, said Anne Hale, Bellin Health director of System Quality. Bellin was the only Wisconsin hospital in the Top Urban Hospitals category, which contained 62 of the 98 top hospitals on the list.
“Bellin’s inclusion with the big healthcare systems in the urban category says a lot about the dedication our providers, staff and leaders have to making Bellin a safe place to receive care,” Hale said. “When we receive recognition like this, it shows our results are paying off. To be nationally recognized is a tribute to everyone who works at Bellin.”
Bellin also made the Top Hospitals list in 2012. The accolade was established in 2006.
“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Bellin has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Bellin Hospital whose efforts achieved these results.”
The Leapfrog survey is a strenuous instrument that helps Bellin continually improve what it does, Hale said.
“We don’t take the survey to gain national recognition — we take it to learn and improve,” she said. “The national recognition is a byproduct of our hard work.”
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
About Bellin Health
Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. Bellin Health has more than 3,600 employees and is known for its emphasis on preventive healthcare and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 31 Bellin Health primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness, and Bellin College. Through its Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners collaboration, the health system is also a participant in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Pioneer Accountable Care Program, generating $14 million in savings since 2012.