Hospital one of only 55 in the nation to be recognized
(Dec. 17, 2019) Rush Oak Park Hospital has been named a 2019 Top Teaching Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization focused on health care safety and quality.
The Top Hospital Award comes on the heels of the hospital receiving its seventh consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from The Leapfrog Group. Rush Oak Park Hospital is one of only 55 hospitals in the U.S. named a Top Teaching Hospital.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Leapfrog as part of an elite group of hospitals that meet the nation’s toughest standards for safety and quality,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “It’s an indication of the commitment of our physicians, nurses and hospital staff in providing excellence in safety and quality for the communities we serve.”
About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Rush Oak Park Hospital received a Top Teaching distinction. A total of 120 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:
- 10 Top Children’s Hospitals
- 37 Top General Hospitals
- 18 Top Rural Hospitals
- 55 Top Teaching Hospitals
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“We are pleased to recognize Rush Oak Park Hospital as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients, to Oak Park and its surrounding communities. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.