The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality and safety of American healthcare, has released its 2015 Top Hospitals List. There are 98 hospitals which qualified for the list this year, with 12 children’s hospitals, 24 rural hospitals and 62 urban hospitals.
More than 1600 hospitals report on Leapfrog’s quality and safety standards through an annual survey. The survey results are publicly reported by those participating hospitals each month on Leapfrogs website.
This year’s survey results included top hospitals in New Hampshire and Utah for the first time, while California, Maine, and Massachusetts continue to have high numbers of top hospitals with 21, 6, and 5, respectively. Overall, 41 hospitals became Top Hospitals for the first time this year and 36 hospitals are achieving the honor for the second consecutive year.
“We’re honored to recognize hospitals that showcased the best of American health care. It takes leadership, teamwork, and absolute dedication to patients to achieve this award,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group in a released statement. “We are also proud of all the hospitals that volunteer to publically report to Leapfrog, and we’ve seen amazing growth and improvements in those hospitals. By setting Leapfrog’s tough standards as a goal and publically reporting their progress, they are earning the trust of their communities.”
Top hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased lengths of stay and fewer readmissions. Additional areas where top hospitals excel also include maternity care, prevention of medication errors, and appropriate staffing to ensure care quality.
To see the methodology and the full list of honorees in 2015, please visit here.