The Leapfrog Group announced its list of Top Hospitals at its annual meeting Dec. 3, highlighting the diversity of hospitals represented nationwide.
The Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures such as heart bypass surgery and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions such as pneumonia and myocardial infarction.
For the second consecutive year, rural hospitals stood out, with 22 hospitals making the 2013 Top Hospitals list (a 69% increase from last year). Rounding out the list are 55 urban hospitals and 13 childrens hospitals.
The field of hospitals considered for this years elite distinction was more competitive than ever, proving that more hospitals across the country are making quality their top priority, Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a news release. The larger group of rural hospitals represented, including several critical access hospitals, shows us that any hospital in America can achieve the highest standards of quality and safety, and any community, no matter how small, can benefit from top-notch healthcare.
The 2013 Top Hospitals list was culled from a record number of 1,324 hospitals voluntarily participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey provides a comprehensive picture of how patients fare, which resources are used to care for patients and how management promotes safety and quality. To qualify for this honor, eligible hospitals must also earn an A from Leapfrogs Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals based on an analysis of infections, injuries and medical errors.
Demonstrating the highest standards in quality of care and resource use, Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions, according to the news release.
Complete list of 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and survey results: www.leapfroggroup.org/TopHospitals