Award makes Philadelphia hospital the only children’s hospital in the state to receive this distinction for the second year in a row.
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children was the only children’s hospital in Pennsylvania to be named a 2018 Top Children's Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row and third time overall. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.
“It is an honor to be acknowledged again as a Top Children’s Hospital by the Leapfrog Group,” said George Rizzuto, Interim Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. “This distinction highlighting our commitment to high-quality care would not be possible without the hard work from our physicians, clinical support teams and staff. We applaud our team for their commitment to providing a safe environment for our pediatric patients.”
Among thousands of hospitals in the country, St. Christopher’s received a Top Children's Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:
- 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
- 35 Top General Hospitals
- 17 Top Rural Hospitals
- 53 Top Teaching Hospitals
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Philadelphia requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.