December 07, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, St. Mark’s Hospital was named a Top Teaching 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 recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.
“Our first priority is providing quality care to our patients. Receiving the Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital Award validates the efforts of thousands of providers and caregivers,” said Dr. Jose Melendez, Chief Medical Officer at St. Mark’s Hospital. “This also puts the care we provide at St. Mark’s in the top 5% of all hospitals. We're also the first hospital to receive this prestigious award in the State of Utah.”
Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, St. Mark’s Hospital received a Top Teaching distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:
- 8 Top Children’s
- 46 Top General
- 23 Top Rural
- 72 Top Teaching
The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“We are pleased to recognize St. Mark’s Hospital as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark’s Hospital has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”
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. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit LeapfrogGroup.org/TopHospitals.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.