By Kelly Herbinson
Laramie, Wyo. – This year eight Wyoming hospitals went through intensive assessment. This was part of the 2010 Leapfrog Hospital Quality Survey, which looks at hospital practices and makes the results available to the public. The goal of the survey is to arm health care consumers with quality information so they can make informed choices.
The Wyoming Business Coalition on Health asked hospitals statewide to participate in the survey. The CEO of the coalition, Anne Ladd, says she's impressed by how many hospitals participated. "I think the most important result is the willingness of some hospitals in the state to be transparent," she said, "and to begin having a conversation with local business leaders about how to improve healthcare for employers, employees and all community members."
Ladd says that this was the first year of the survey in Wyoming and not all hospitals had the time budgeted to complete it. She hopes more will participate in the future. Results from the survey are available now, at leapfroggroup.org.