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  Children’s National Medical Center Named To The 2008 Leapfrog Best Hospitals List
September 29, 2008

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2008

Survey recognizes commitment to patient safety

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center is honored to be one of only seven children’s hospitals in the country named to The Leapfrog Group’s 2008 Top Hospitals, based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey.

“We are honored and proud to again be recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “This selection is an important validation of our commitment to providing high quality care to families in our region, across the country, and around the world.”

The complete list of top hospitals as well as the survey’s methodology can be found at

“Once again, Children’s National has been singled out as one of the top children’s hospitals by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. This recognition underscores our consistent commitment to providing high quality care in a safe environment,” said Peter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer at Children’s National Medical Center. “Our state-of-the-art intensive care units, the critical care physicians who staff them around the clock, and our use of computer physician order entry are some of the criteria by which we are judged. Families selecting a hospital for their child should ask for these hallmarks of quality and safety. The experts in the field define these as vital elements and we are pleased that our commitment to this caliber of care is recognized.”

Contact: Paula Darte or Jennifer Leischer, Public Relations, 202-476-4500.

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit Children’s Research Institute, the academic arm of Children’s National Medical Center, encompasses the translational, clinical, and community research efforts of the institution. Learn more about our research programs at