Recently, Top Hospitals of 2015 list has been released by the Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that rates hospitals’ yearly performances.
- Leapfrog Group is one of the most important organizations for health development
- Not all hospitals make it to the list
- Criteria such as patient care and safety, high-risk surgeries or maternity care are taken into consideration
The NGO was started ten years ago by major employers. Their purpose was to make sure their employees will be getting high quality health care. Each year, they collect data from hospitals all over the country. After analyzing it, they make it public through a series of reports and of course a list of the top hospitals in the U.S.
Some of the categories that are being analyzed are hospital-acquired conditions, maternity care, high-risk surgeries or safety and efficacy of treatment. Of course, the health facilities that are smaller and don’t provide the whole range of services the NGO is analyzing will be left out, regardless of how well they’re doing in certain fields.
The bar is being set quite high. From the 1,600 hospitals that submitted data to the organization, only 98 made it on the list. 19 of the states have at least one hospital on the least, while the others have none. The state of Pennsylvania for example only has one hospital on the list while the state of New Jersey has four.
From the 98 hospitals that made it to the list, 12 are children’s health facilities. However, people should bear in mind that hospitals around the country are very different and not all can be eligible for this top. Clinics are not always taken into account and the same goes for small hospitals. On the other hand, even if we’re talking about a big hospital, if that said hospital is not complying with the regulations or is simply not meeting the top’s requests for patient’s care and security as well as hospital conditions, it will not make it on the list.
All in all, to be on this list is a great honor and given the strict rules it means that hospital is indeed very good and provides great patient care. Hopefully, having this yearly top of the best hospitals in the U.S. will encourage competition and hospitals will become better and better.
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