[EMPLOYER] is a member of The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization committed to reducing preventable medical mistakes. We want you to have information to make good health care choices. You’ll find more information and resources at BROCHURE #3 www.leapfroggroup.org. Hospital Quality and Safety: Protecting Your Health Learn how evidence-based hospital referral (EHR) protects your health You can use these numbers to compare Rookies are great in football. Not so great hospitals. Experts have also recommended in the operating room. When you need an certain steps hospitals should take to make operation wouldn’t you feel better knowing sure you get the right care. In some cases, that the hospital where it is taking place is we can even find out the real results good at it? And maybe not just good, but patients experience at different hospitals for has excellent success rates? certain types of care, like high-risk heart surgeries for example. What is evidence-based hospital referral (EHR)? You can go to The Leapfrog Group Website (www.leapfroggroup.org), look up your Except for emergency surgery, you usually hospital and view its results for some know ahead of time that you need a surgical specific types of care. You'll learn how procedure. A little research will tell you many procedures the hospital does per which hospital is a rookie and which is a year, and whether it meets The Leapfrog seasoned professional. Group's other quality criteria. Use the information to choose the safest hospital for Evidence-based hospital referral means your needs. going to a hospital that is the best at taking care of patients with your needs. In other words, it’s where the statistics show you’ll What if my hospital isn’t listed? get the best quality care for what you need. Hospitals keep their own statistics. Call the hospital’s administration department and ask for them. If hospitals are unwilling to How do I find these statistics? provide you the information, they may be The Leapfrog Group is collecting hospital telling you something by their actions! statistics on high-risk procedures like coronary artery bypass - a common heart surgery. To reach “excellent” status a hospital needs to perform a certain amount of these surgeries. Hospital quality experts have determined specific numbers.