Two local hospitals given 'top hospital' award

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The Leapfrog Group announced its annual list of top hospitals in the nation and two local hospitals made the cut.

Both The Christ Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center were recognized in the most competitive national hospital quality award given in the nation.

The Leapfrog Group said in an official report, "The Top Hospital designation recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing hospital readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack."

In addition to those qualifications, The Leapfrog Group introduced a new safety standard in 2012. Any winning hospital must receive an A grade in the newest initiative, called the Hospital Safety Score.

"Leapfrog holds hospitals to a fixed set of defined and transparent standards that are extremely high, and only the hospitals that meet those standards earn the distinction," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group in an official report.

"This year we raised the bar for achieving this award, and still we had a record number of hospitals which met the standards, including a record number of top rural hospitals," Binder added.

This year's Top Hospital list includes a record 13 Top Rural Hospitals, 67 Top Urban Hospitals, and 12 Top Children's Hospitals.

Were there any local hospitals you were surprised were not on the list? Comment in the box below.


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