The Only Top Urban Hospital in the DC Metro AreaThe Leapfrog Group has named Virginia Hospital Center to its 2015 list of Top Hospitals. One of only 62 Urban Hospitals in the nation and the only Top Urban Hospital in the Washington, DC metro area to earn this elite distinction, Virginia Hospital Center was recognized for its commitment to excellence in hospital safety and quality.
“It takes leadership, teamwork and absolute dedication to patients to achieve this award,” says Leah Binder, President, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Overall, Top Hospitals tend to have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased a length of stay and fewer readmissions. Top Hospitals also tend to excel in maternity care, appropriate staffing to ensure a quality of care and the ability to prevent medication errors.
“Virginia Hospital Center has consistently received an “A” Hospital Safety Score rating from Leapfrog since 2012. Recognition by Leapfrog as a 2015 Top Hospital is significant. It validates the high level of quality, efficiency and value that we provide to our patients,” says Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Virginia Hospital Center.
The Leapfrog award coincides with the naming of Virginia Hospital Center, earlier this year, to the list of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. Only five hospitals nationwide were named to both the Leapfrog Top Hospitals and 100 Top Hospitals lists.
Also recognized, Children’s National Health System was one of only 12 in the nation to be named a Top Children’s Hospital by Leapfrog. Virginia Hospital Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is managed by the neonatology team of physicians from Children’s National.
“Nursing care is a big part of winning this award,” says Dr. DiLisi.
“Virginia Hospital Center’s designation as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center demonstrates our commitment to delivering excellent care to each and every patient.” Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Virginia Hospital Center, notes, “Nurses are at the bedside 24/7. Research has shown that strong nursing leadership directly impacts hospital-wide safety and quality.”
“This award is a reflection of every member of our Hospital family,” Vrotsos adds. “Whether you are a nurse, physician, respiratory therapist, environmental services worker, radiology technician or admissions counselor, you need to have quality and safety top of mind. Being named a Leapfrog Top Hospital takes a fully orchestrated team approach.” The Leapfrog Group was founded in 2000 to provide employers, healthcare purchasers, and individuals a transparent way to compare the safety and quality of hospitals, thus making it easier to find the highest-value care and make informed decisions.
For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.