CONCORD -- Emerson Hospital has been named one of seven nationwide recipients of the 2012 Acknowledgement of Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency, presented by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission in conjunction with the Leapfrog Group.

The acknowledgement comes as part of an overall Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Awards Program, which identifies outstanding hospital websites promoting transparency of safety and quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers. All hospitals that publically report their Leapfrog Hospital Survey results were eligible.

"These awards are a unique celebration of hospitals that show initiative in protecting consumers through transparency and quality reporting," said URAC Chairman of the Board John D. Jones. "It is encouraging to see so many hospitals that have implemented leading initiatives in an effort to make a difference in the lives of the consumers they serve."

The Acknowledgement of Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency is an evaluation of a hospital's overall website transparency, including elements related to design, credibility, literacy and connectivity. The acknowledgement is based on a set of objective criteria established in accordance with the National Quality Forum's guidelines for consumer-focused, Internet-based public reporting of health performance data, as well as the Model Public Report Elements prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other research-based criteria.

"This recognition by the URAC and Leapfrog Group is a testament to Emerson's commitment to enhancing our patients' health through transparency and quality reporting," said Eric Haartz, chairman of Emerson's Board Quality Committee.

"Providing safe and compassionate care is the top goal of our entire team of medical professionals, staff and volunteers," added Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson. "I am so proud that our effort to provide patients and families with easy access to the information they need to support their health care decisions has been rewarded with this prestigious national honor."

For information about the URAC-Leapfrog hospital website awards program, visit www.urac.org/hospitalwebsiteawards.