JOPLIN, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Joplin today was named the only Top General Hospital in Missouri by The Leapfrog Group, highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality.
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 a great honor to be selected as one of 45 Top General Hospitals in the U.S. and the only one in Missouri,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “This national award is a testament to the outstanding quality care and safety our physicians, nurses and staff provide every day for our patients.”
Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Mercy Hospital Joplin’s Top General Hospital distinction is recognized nationally alongside:
- 10 Top Children’s Hospitals
- 18 Top Rural Hospitals
- 36 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.
“We are proud to recognize Mercy Hospital Joplin as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/ratings-reports/top-hospitals.