Phoenix Children’s Hospital Awarded Coveted 2013 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital Distinction

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Awarded Coveted 2013 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital Distinction

Phoenix, Arizona (December 3, 2013) — The Leapfrog Group named Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to its annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on December 3 in Arlington, Virginia, which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators.

The Top Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients. Phoenix Children’s is one of only 13 children’s hospitals nationally to receive this honor and was the only children’s hospital in Arizona to earn this top award.

“We’re proud to be awarded this prestigious honor, and count it as a privilege to be able to offer Arizona children consistent, excellent high quality care and patient safety,” said Bob Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

“The field of hospitals’ considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. 

The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey are posted on a website ( open to patients and families, the public, employers and other purchasers of health care.

As a 2013 Top Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital met the following standards for safe, high quality care:

  • Quality Score of 86 or better as calculated through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program
  • Preventing medication errors (Computerized Physician Order Entry)
  • Intensive Care Unit Physician Staffing
  • Safe practices
  • Never events
  • Strict adherence to Leapfrog’s safety and quality standards

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the Hospital, visit



Dec 3 2013 - 9:45am

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