The Leapfrog group is an independent hospital watchdog group that gave out the award.
"We're particularly proud of this acknowledgment as it recognizes our unwavering commitment to high-quality patient care", says Kurt Newman, M.D.
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). Maine, with seven hospitals listed, had the most hospitals recognized out of the nine states that qualified. Virginia Mason is the only medical center in the United States to receive the award every year since the recognition program began in 2006.
Among thousands of hospital in the country, Leapfrog Group also recognized today 13 top children's hospitals, 35 top general hospitals and 53 top teaching hospitals.
They include the level of infection rates, maternity care and the hospital's capacity to prevent medication errors among the areas that qualify a hospital for the award.
For the 2018 awards, Leapfrog analyzed survey data covering a wide range of subjects from almost 1,900 general, children's, rural and teaching hospitals.
Henry Ford placed three of its hospitals on the Leapfrog teaching hospital list, including Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.
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. "It highlights our exceptional clinicians and support teams who work to constantly improve the safety of the care we provide".
"UC San Diego Medical Center recently received an A safety grade by Leapfrog, which is reflective of a hospital's safety record based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other sources", said Chris Kane, MD, CEO, UC San Diego Health Physician Group. "I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible". For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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.