Mercy Hospital St. Louis Awarded Top Hospital Distinction

December 3, 2013

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Awarded

2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction

ST. LOUIS –The Leapfrog Group named Mercy Hospital St. Louis to its annual list of Top Hospitals, one of only 55 urban hospitals across the country and the only hospital in Missouri.

The selection for Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey that measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey are posted on a website (www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of health care.

 “Our physicians, nurses and other clinical staff are focused on providing quality care to our patients every day,” said Jeff Johnston, president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. “The recognition from Leapfrog as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals for Quality and Patient Safety is very gratifying.”

A record number of 1,324 hospitals participated in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey and this year’s list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings.  

“The field of hospitals’ considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Mercy Hospital St. Louis has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to any of the hospitals on our list,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 3 in Arlington, Va., which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital, a surgery center and a 120-bed skilled nursing center. Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 2,000 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.