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Cedars-Sinai Honored with National Awards

Leapfrog Group and UHC Name Cedars-Sinai Tops in Quality & Safety

UHC HONOR -- Mark Keroack, M.D., vice president of UHC's Clinical Practice Advancement Center (2nd from left) presents the Quality and Safety Award to (l-r) Joyelle Sudbury, director of Quality Improvement and Medical Staff Services; Neil Romanoff, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs; Gail P. Grant, M.D., medical director of Resource & Outcomes Management, and Bruce Davidson, Ph.D., director of Resource & Outcomes Management.

The Leapfrog Group named Cedars-Sinai as one of its 50 Top Hospitals for 2006 for quality and safety efforts. Cedars-Sinai was one of 12 California hospitals and the only full-service hospital in the Los Angeles area to be included.

In addition, Cedars-Sinai was recognized as a top performer in the 2006 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Ranking and was presented with a Quality and Safety Award at the UHC fall forum in Baltimore. Cedars-Sinai ranked third out of 81 academic medical centers in the U.S. that participate in UHC's Clinical, Core Measures and Operational databases.

"In the last few weeks, we've been presented with two prestigious national awards for quality and safety, which is really an honor for us," said Neil Romanoff, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs. "We are pleased with our performance in the areas of quality and safety and thrilled to be recognized as one of the great medical centers in the country."

The Leapfrog award was based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital and Safety Survey, which collects data from hospitals on their progress toward implementing practices in four categories. More than 1,200 hospitals participated in the voluntary survey.

UHC ranked Cedars-Sinai as one of the top five performers based on the results of a rigorous scoring methodology that considered performance measures in the areas of safety, mortality, effectiveness and equity.