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Two Seattle hospitals make “Top Hospital” list


Overall Patient Safety Ratings for Seattle hospitalsSwedish Medical Center’s First Hill Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center both make the “Top Hospital” list put out each year by The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to improve healthcare safety, quality, and affordability.

This is the sixth year in a row that Virginia Mason has made the Top Hospital List, and the second year in a row for Swedish First Hill.

This year sixty-five hospitals have earned The Leapfrog Group’s annual “Top Hospital” designation for delivering the highest quality care:

  • by preventing medical errors,
  • reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery,
  • and reducing hospital readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

The 2011 Top Hospital list was culled from a field of nearly 1200 hospitals that voluntarily and publicly report their performance by participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which focuses on three critical areas of hospital care:

  1. How patients fare
  2. Resources used to care for patients
  3. Management practices that promote safety and quality

In each of the three areas, Leapfrog asks hospitals to report on nationally standardized measures so healthcare consumers can compare hospitals in their community and across the country.

University and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban, and urban settings were all represented in the 2011 rankings.

To learn more:

  • A complete list of 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and the survey results for all participating hospitals are posted on a website at