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St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center recognized as ‘Highest Value Hospital’

January 07, 2009
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO -- St. Mary’s Hospital has been named a “Highest Value Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. St. Mary’s is one of only 13 hospitals in the country and the only Colorado hospital to be recognized for its combination of quality care and appropriate use of resources. The Leapfrog Group uses medical practices proven to result in better outcomes for patients, also known as evidence-based medical practices, to set standards for the care of various conditions. Performance, policies, and patient outcomes are examined to determine a hospital’s progress toward meeting Leapfrog’s standards. St. Mary’s earned the award based on top scores for coronary bypass graft procedures, coronary intervention procedures, treatment of acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia care. To earn top scores, St. Mary’s delivers high quality medical care without using unnecessary resources, explains Bob Ladenburger, St. Mary’s president and CEO. “Excellent care and efficiency go hand in hand,” says Ladenburger. “Stewardship of our resources is one of St. Mary’s deepest held values. Our goal is to treat patients with state-of-the-art medicine and without unnecessary or wasteful spending.” Leapfrog reviewed more than 1,220 hospitals nationwide for the “Highest Value Hospital” award. Leapfrog validates information provided by hospitals with a variety of accrediting and governmental agencies, such as the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare organizations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and state hospital associations. The Leapfrog Group was founded in 2000, initially focusing on reducing preventable medical mistakes. The organization now also assists large employers and other purchasers of health insurance to identify health plans and healthcare providers that deliver quality care efficiently. Consumers can visit www.leapfroggroup.org to see how hospitals compare for various medical procedures.