On the heels of earning an “A” grade for Hospital Safety, Mercy Hospital Springfield has now also been recognized as a “Top Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group – a designation less than 6 percent of hospitals in the country attain. Mercy Hospital St. Louis has earned the same honor.
The award is based on criteria that matter to patients, like preventing infections, outstanding maternity and pediatric care, safe inpatient surgeries and the use of computerized technology to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Mercy Hospital Springfield has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”
The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. It’s awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. In addition, Mercy has been honored for the third straight year as one of the Top 5 Large Health Systems by IBM Watson Health, which also ranks hospitals based on quality and safety measures.
“Receiving accolades from organizations with stringent scoring methods for safety and quality is a testament to the outstanding efforts of our entire team,” said Jon Swope, president of Mercy Springfield Communities. “We are able to achieve overall high quality and safety because our caregivers focus on meeting the individual needs of every patient. What’s really rewarding is when a patient or family member lets us know we’ve made a difference in their lives. It means so much to hear that our neighbors trust us with their care. We will constantly strive to get even better, because that’s what our community deserves.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in their category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.