Leapfrog releases its 2017 top hospitals list

The Leapfrog Group on Thursday released its 2017 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 109 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder in a release said, "The Top Hospital award highlights American hospitals that are providing the highest quality of care to their patients." She added, "We're encouraged to see hospitals across the country and within diverse communities earn this distinction."

To be recognized, hospitals had to voluntarily complete the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. More than 1,800 hospitals filled out the Leapfrog Hospital Survey by Aug. 31.  

Leapfrog sorted hospitals into one of four categories, with the number of hospitals recognized in each category determined by the proportion of each hospital type represented in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey results.

  • Children's hospitals (accounting for 10 recipients);
  • Rural hospitals (accounting for 18 recipients);
  • General hospitals (accounting for 45 recipients); and
  • Teaching hospitals (accounting for 36 recipients), which Leapfrog further sorted into those above 500 staffed beds and those below 500 staffed beds.