UMMC Employees Celebrate Leapfrog Recognition

This one-minute video showcases footage from the Leapfrog celebration held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 to honor the Medical Center being recognized as a Leapfrog Group “Top Hospital of the Decade.” UMMC was one of only two hospitals in the U.S. to receive this honor, which it earned as a result of being named as one of the nation’s best hospitals for patient safety and quality of care for the fifth year in a row. The celebration gave employees the opportunity to be photographed with the Leapfrog award and frog, as shown in the slideshow below.

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Hospital of the Decade an Honor Worth Celebrating

By Chris Lindsley
Blog Editor

UMMC Receives Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade Honor
UMMC CEO Jeffrey Rivest (far left) and COO Herbert Buchanan (second from right) with the Leapfrog Top Hospitals of the Decade and Top Hospitals 2010 awards presented last night. Also pictured are Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder (far right) and Leapfrog Board Chair David Knowlton.

Talk about having a reason to celebrate!

Last night at the Leapfrog Group’s 10-Year Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC, the University of Maryland Medical Center was recognized as a Leapfrog “Top Hospital of the Decade” for patient safety and quality of care, one of only two U.S. hospitals so honored.

This award recognizes UMMC’s inclusion on the Leapfrog Top Hospitals list every year since its inception in 2006, including in 2010.

So what makes this award meaningful to consumers and the medical community?

The Leapfrog Group’s national survey measures hospital performance in a range of areas, including patient care outcomes, use of best practices and patient safety initiatives and measures of efficiency. It is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues, including preventing medication errors and infections and standards for performing high-risk procedures. Each year, Leapfrog adds new, more stringent performance measures and expands the criteria for hospitals to meet its standards.

How credible is the Leapfrog recognition?

“Leapfrog has a great amount of credibility because it is founded on evidence-based practices and on actual clinical processes and patient care data, rather than relying substantially on opinions and reputations,” said UMMC president the CEO Jeffrey Rivest. “It is for that reason that we are especially proud of this national recognition.”

How we became a “Hospital of the Decade” is quite a story. View the short video below to find out.



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UMMC Celebrates Employees’ Loyal Service

This five-minute video showcases the University of Maryland Medical Center’s 2009 Employee Service Awards, honoring employees and staff members who have worked at the Medical Center for ten years or more. The video features footage from the awards ceremony and reception as well as individual employee testimonials. There are also appearances from several members of UMMC’s senior leadership team, including a speech by President and CEO Jeff Rivest.