Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger was named a Top Children’s Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group for the second time.
"Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality," officials said.
Charles Woods, CEO of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, said, “I am exceptionally proud of everyone at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for their tremendous dedication to the safety and care of our region’s children. We are thrilled to again be named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. further highlighting the quality and compassionate care delivered each and every day by our outstanding team.”
Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger received a Top Children’s distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:
• 8 Top Children’s;
• 46 Top General;
• 23 Top Rural; and
• 72 Top Teaching.
The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“We are pleased to recognize Children’s Hospital at Erlanger as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Chattanooga community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger received this designation for the first time in 2019. For more information about the hospital or to make an appointment, visit erlanger.org/childrens.