Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Photo by Debster88 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Photo by Debster88 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
For the fifth time in six years, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has made the list of top U.S. hospitals in an annual survey put together by a health care watchdog group.

The Leapfrog Group named CHLA as a Leapfrog Top Hospital for 2015, the group announced Wednesday.

“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the U.S. to meet The Leapfrog Group’s rigorous standards for this year’s rankings,” said Paul S. Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA. “What this distinction affirms is the dedication of our doctors, nurses and team members to providing safe and effective medical care.”

This year, 1,633 hospitals participated in the Leapfrog survey. Criteria include nurse and physician staffing levels, high-risk surgery and procedure volume, care and outcomes, preventing medication errors, infection prevention and quality and resource efficiency.

CHLA was one of 98 total Top Hospitals recognized by The Leapfrog Group this year, 12 of which were children’s hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization and a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 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 annual survey was launched in 2001.

The 2015 class of Top Hospitals was announced at The Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. A complete list and the survey results for all participating hospitals are posted on www.leapfroggroup.org/TopHospitals.

—City News Service

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