MRH - Richmond earns national award for quality

"Leapfrog's recognition is evidence that we have been successful in reaching that objective".

New Jersey topped the list, with about 57 percent of hospitals getting an A. Oklahoma was 29th, with 26 percent of hospitals getting that ranking.

No Arizona hospitals earned Leapfrog Top Hospital honors in 2017, and only six state medical centers other than PCH have ever won the award: Mesa's Banner Heart Hospital (2016), Page Hospital (2016), Sun City's Banner Boswell Medical Center (2015), HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center (2015), Phoenix's Mayo Clinic (2009 and 2014) and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center (2014).

The Top Children's Hospitals are selected based on The Leapfrog Group's annual survey of almost 1,900 hospitals across the country which measures hospitals' performance in many areas of hospital care, including reduced medication rates and capacity to prevent medication errors.

Joseph's University Medical Center were recognized in the Teaching Hospitals category.

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The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital's "A" Hospital Safety Grade, also from The Leapfrog Group.

Nationally, Leapfrog recognized 118 top hospitals, including 13 children's hospitals, 35 general hospitals, 17 rural hospitals and 53 teaching hospitals.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including\ infection rates and the hospital's capacity to prevent medication errors. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from almost 1,900 hospitals. Nine hospitals in California and hospitals in 16 states total are included in the list of the best teaching hospitals.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Bayshore Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury were honored in the General Hospitals category. "Being named a Top Hospital is a rewarding reflection of the work our physicians and staff do, and the exceptional care they provide for those we serve". "We are honored to be recognized alongside so many distinguished facilities". "With this honor, Polk Medical Center has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care".

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. 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.

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