Swedish Issaquah One of Only 90 Hospitals in The Nation to Receive The Quality Care Designation From The Leapfrog Group
SEATTLE — In its first year of eligibility Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah campus has earned the distinction as one of the ‘Top Hospitals’ in the nation at providing the highest quality of patient care, according to The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey of more than 1,300 hospitals. The designation, which was awarded to only two hospitals in Washington state, was announced by The Leapfrog Group yesterday at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Swedish Issaquah, which opened in 2012, is one of only 55 urban hospitals named as a ‘Top Hospital’ by Leapfrog, which also recognized 22 top rural hospitals and 13 top children’s hospitals. Widely cited as the nation’s most competitive hospital quality award, the Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack. Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions.
“It is an honor for Swedish/Issaquah to be named by The Leapfrog Group as one of the Top Hospitals. Swedish/Issaquah takes pride in representing a culture of the highest standard of care,” said Chuck Salmon, chief executive of Issaquah and Swedish Ambulatory Care Centers. “We are proud to accept the award as it represents the hard work and high expectations we strive for at Swedish related to safety, quality and efficiency.”
The 2013 Top Hospitals list was developed from a record number of 1,324 hospitals voluntarily participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
“The field of hospitals considered for this year’s elite distinction was more competitive than ever, proving that more hospitals across the country are making quality their top priority,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
In October, Leapfrog awarded Swedish Ballard, First Hill and Edmonds campuses ‘A’ Grades for patient safety.
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.