UChicago Medicine named to Leapfrog’s ‘Top Teaching Hospital’ list

The Center for Care and Discovery

The University of Chicago Medicine has been named a “Top Teaching Hospital” for the third year in a row by The Leapfrog Group.

The designation by the industry watchdog organization was given to 53 academic medical centers around the country on Dec. 4. The group also released lists of top children’s hospitals, top general hospitals and top rural hospitals.

“This honor recognizes our long-standing achievements in patient quality and safety as well as our commitment to training the next generation of health care providers,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. “This latest national recognition would not be possible without the hard work and unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff.”

Leapfrog reviewed hospitals’ performance across many clinical measurements, including infection rates, maternity care and capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital methodology.

This latest recognition comes less than a month after UChicago Medicine was recognized by Leapfrog as one of 42 hospitals in the country to earn 14 sequential straight A's in patient safety.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, UChicago Medicine has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.