Saint Francis Qualifies For Leapfrog Group

(HARTFORD, Conn.) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is the first hospital in Connecticut to meet each of The Leapfrog Group’s standards for patient safety.

Founded by the Business Roundtable, The Leapfrog Group is composed of more than 120 public and private organizations that provide health benefits. The Leapfrog Group works with medical experts throughout the United States to identify problems and propose solutions that will improve hospital systems. The group’s efforts are focused on basic patient safety and encouraging large employers to follow a set of health care purchasing principles designed to trigger a giant leap forward in patient safety and quality.

To meet all of The Leapfrog Group’s standards, a hospital must have a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system, an intensive care unit staffed by physicians with credentials in critical care medicine and meet minimum standards for the number of certain procedures performed, such as coronary artery bypass, coronary angioplasty and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

“Throughout its history, Saint Francis has delivered high quality health care services. Meeting the stringent standards of The Leapfrog Group is yet another indication that Saint Francis is a leader in Connecticut’s health care industry,” said David D’Eramo, Ph.D., the hospital’s president and chief executive officer.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.