The Leapfrog Group names 94 'Top Hospitals'

Twenty-six rural hospitals and nine children's hospitals were named to this year's list

85 of the 2014 'Top Hospitals' are Advisory Board members

The Leapfrog Group on Tuesday named 94 facilities to its annual "Top Hospitals" lists, which recognize hospitals that meet the group's patient safety, care quality, and efficiency standards.

More than 1,200 hospitals were eligible for the honor, which required the organizations to fill out the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet certain criteria for patient outcomes, hospital resources, and management practices. Winning hospitals also had to earn an "A" grade on Leapfrog's latest Hospital Safety Scores, which were released last month.

Fewer hospitals get an 'A' in Leapfrog's latest safety report card

This year's top hospitals lists includes 59 Top Urban Hospitals, 26 Top Rural Hospitals, and nine Top Children's Hospitals. (Last year's list included 90 hospitals, 55 of which were urban facilities.)

"These Top Hospitals represent the best of American health care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of their patient," says Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder, adding that the organization's survey results "are used in high-stakes situations like national pay-for-performance programs—it's crucial information used by purchasers, health plans, and consumers to assess the quality and safety of institutions nationwide."

Officials at award-winning hospitals respond

Commenting on the new list, Roger Oxendale—president of Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando—said, "I am beaming with pride over this honor for Nemours… Each day we set out to deliver the safest possible care for patients and families. The Top Hospital award from the Leapfrog Group is an important recognition of the hard work of many associates who work very hard to achieve that goal."

Similarly, Centennial Medical Center CMO Jeffrey Guy says, "This represents the culmination of a large number of people working very hard in a very dedicated fashion… The key thing about the Leapfrog designation is it does represent a continuum of excellence in care. It's an acknowledgment of the work we strive to do every single day" (Leapfrog release, 12/2; Ribbens, Orlando Business Journal, 12/2; Wilemon, The Tennessean, 12/2).

How to think about hospital rankings

Alicia Daugherty, Practice Manager

In the past few months alone, the Daily Briefing has reported on hospital ratings released by Consumer Reports, Leapfrog Group, and other services. The glut of ratings raises two questions. First, is anyone paying attention—beyond largely ambivalent hospital executives? And second, how much should hospitals care about these rankings?

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