UHCS Earns 2020 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

AUGUSTA, GA December 8, 2020– Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, University Health Care System was named a Top Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. 

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, University received a Top Hospital distinction. A total of 105 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals. University was the only hospital in Georgia and in its service area to be recognized.

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being recognized as a Top Hospital is an extraordinary feat and we are honored to recognize University Health Care System year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Despite the extraordinary pressure and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, University has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to patients and to the Augusta and surrounding communities. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2020 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.