Two Adventist hospitals in Illinois-based AMITA Health have earned recognition from the Leapfrog Group as “Top General Hospitals.”
The honor highlights the nationally recognized quality and patient safety achievements of AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks.
“It takes leadership, teamwork and absolute dedication to patients to achieve this award,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of Leapfrog, a national watchdog organization focused on health care quality and safety. “We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”
AMITA Health Bolingbrook and AMITA Health GlenOaks were among only eight hospitals in Illinois and 120 hospitals nationwide to receive a 2019 Top Hospitals award. The two hospitals were among only 37 hospitals nationwide to be recognized as Top General Hospitals. Leapfrog also awarded Top Hospitals honors to 10 Top Children’s Hospitals, 18 Top Rural Hospitals and 55 Top Teaching Hospitals.
The recognition came after AMITA Health Bolingbrook and AMITA Health GlenOaks both earned an “A,” the highest possible grade, in Leapfrog’s biannual Hospital Safety Grades study last fall.
“It is an honor to have both our Bolingbrook and GlenOaks medical centers recognized,” said Bruce Christian, president and chief executive officer of both hospitals. “The Leapfrog Top Hospitals award is widely acknowledged to be one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can achieve. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our physicians and associates every day.”
Thor Thordarson, AMITA Health executive vice president and chief operating officer, added: “This recognition shows that the long-standing Adventist tradition of providing high quality, compassionate care continues to benefit patients and set a high standard for other health care providers.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank as top performers in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. In addition, hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an “A” in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible for Top Hospitals consideration.
Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher quality maternity care, and better systems in place to prevent medication errors, among other exceptional qualities, according to Leapfrog.
The Top Hospitals award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather to all teaching, general, rural and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals methodology.
Top Hospitals “have truly gone above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence,” Binder said. “The standards achieved by Top Hospitals reflect the high expectations set by Leapfrog and its expert panels, which start with a commitment to transparency.”
To see a full list of institutions honored as Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
Julie Busch, associate vice president, Internal Communications, AMITA Health