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December 9, 2021

The top 149 hospitals, according to Leapfrog

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    The Leapfrog Group on Monday released its 2021 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 149 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

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    Methodology

    For the list, Leapfrog sorted hospitals into five categories and compared hospitals to their peers. The five categories in Leapfrog’s list were:

    • Children's hospitals
    • General hospitals
    • Large teaching hospitals (500 or more staffed beds)
    • Small teaching hospitals (fewer than 500 staffed beds)
    • Rural hospitals

    To be eligible for recognition on the list, a hospital must:

    • Meet Leapfrog's standard for computerized physician order entry
    • Meet Leapfrog's standard for ICU physician staffing
    • Comply with Leapfrog's "never events" policy
    • Receive an "A" on Leapfrog's most recent Safety Grade rating
    • Report on all applicable measures (28 measures for children's hospitals, 39 for all other categories) and achieve Leapfrog’s standards on at least 40% to 60% of those measures, depending on category
    • Satisfy the Top Hospital Selection Committee's qualitative review

    These are the most common overarching eligibility requirements among the five categories. Leapfrog notes that the criteria for selection as a Top Hospital varies across the five categories but is "substantially similar" among them. For detailed differences in methodology between each hospital category, review our curated cheat sheet here.

    The Top Hospitals of 2021

    Leapfrog recognized 115 Advisory Board members on this year's list. Those hospitals are listed below in alphabetical order by category and state. The entire list is available on Leapfrog's website.

    Children's hospitals

    California

    • Children's Hospital of Orange County
    • Loma Linda University Children's Hospital

    Florida

    • AdventHealth for Children
    • Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
    • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
    • Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando
    • Wolfson Children's Hospital

    Tennessee

    • Children's Hospital at Erlanger

    General hospitals

    Colorado

    • Centura Health Castle Rock Adventist Hospital

    Florida

    • AdventHealth Altamonte Springs
    • AdventHealth Carrollwood
    • AdventHealth Dade City
    • AdventHealth Daytona Beach
    • AdventHealth DeLand
    • AdventHealth Zephyrhills
    • Baptist Medical Center Nassau
    • Jupiter Medical Center
    • Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
    • Lehigh Regional Medical Center
    • Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

    Georgia

    • AdventHealth Murray

    Illinois

    • Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital
    • Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital

    Massachusetts

    • Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    • Emerson Hospital
    • Saint Anne's Hospital
    • Steward Good Samaritan Medical Center, Inc.

    Missouri

    • Mercy Hospital Jefferson
    • Mercy Hospital Joplin

    New York

    • White Plains Hospital

    North Carolina

    • AdventHealth Hendersonville
    • Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center
    • WakeMed Cary Hospital

    Pennsylvania

    • Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital
    • Paoli Hospital

    South Carolina

    • Roper St. Francis Hospital – Berkeley

    Virginia

    • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
    • Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital
    • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
    • Inova Loudoun Hospital

    Rural hospitals

    Colorado

    • Centura Health – Mercy Regional Medical Center

    Florida

    • AdventHealth Wauchula

    Georgia

    • Fairview Park Hospital

    Louisiana

    • Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital

    Maine

    • LincolnHealth
    • Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital
    • Pen Bay Medical Center

    Michigan

    • MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin
    • ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital
    • Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital
    • Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital

    Nebraska

    • Great Plains Health

    North Carolina

    • Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center

    Ohio

    • Adena Regional Medical Center
    • Fisher-Titus Medical Center

    Oklahoma

    • Hillcrest Hospital Cushing
    • Mercy Hospital Ada

    Tennessee

    • LeConte Medical Center

    Teaching hospitals

    California

    • Adventist Health Reedley
    • Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center
    • Stanford Health Care
    • UC San Diego Health Hillcrest – Hillcrest Medical Center
    • UC San Diego Health La Jolla – Jacobs Medical Center and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
    • USC Norris Cancer Hospital

    Colorado

    • Centura Health-Avista Adventist Hospital
    • Centura Health-St. Francis Medical Center
    • Swedish Medical Center

    Connecticut

    • Hartford Hospital

    Florida

    • AdventHealth Orlando
    • AdventHealth Tampa
    • AdventHealth Wesley Chapel
    • AdventHealth Winter Park
    • Orange Park Medical Center
    • Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
    • Orlando Health-Orlando Regional Medical Center
    • Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
    • Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies

    Illinois

    • AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago
    • University of Chicago Medical Center

    Indiana

    • The Women's Hospital

    Louisiana

    • Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
    • Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center

    Massachusetts

    • Berkshire Medical Center
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
    • Marlborough Hospital

    Michigan

    • Mercy Health Saint Mary's
    • St. Joseph Mercy – Chelsea
    • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor

    Missouri

    • Mercy Hospital South
    • Mercy Hospital St. Louis

    Nevada

    • Henderson Hospital

    New Jersey

    • Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill
    • Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital
    • Jefferson Stratford Hospital
    • Monmouth Medical Center
    • Morristown Medical Center
    • St. Luke's Warren Campus

    New Mexico

    • Heart Hospital of New Mexico

    North Carolina

    • Rex Hospital, Inc.

    Ohio

    • Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital

    Pennsylvania

    • Jefferson Bucks
    • Lancaster General Hospital
    • St. Luke's Easton Hospital
    • St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus
    • St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus
    • WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital

    South Carolina

    • Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge

    Tennessee

    • Vanderbilt University Hospital

    Texas

    • Medical City Denton
    • UT Health North Campus Tyler

    Utah

    • St. Mark's Hospital

    Virginia

    • Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
    • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
    • Virginia Hospital Center—Arlington Health System

    Washington

    • Virginia Mason Medical Center

    (Leapfrog release, 12/7; Leapfrog Top Hospitals methodology, 12/7; Leapfrog list, 12/7)


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