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Children’s Minnesota St. Paul hospital earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Children’s – St. Paul is one of only 12 pediatric hospitals nationwide to be honored with national distinction for patient care

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Dec. 2, 2015) –  The Leapfrog Group has named the Children’s Minnesota’s St. Paul hospital to its annual list of top hospitals. Children’s – St. Paul is one of 12 pediatric hospitals in the country honored by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency and the only in the Upper Midwest to earn this distinction. This is the seventh time Children’s – St. Paul has been named to this list and the eighth time Children’s Minnesota has been recognized overall. This coveted recognition showcases Children’s Minnesota’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for both consumers and purchasers.

“We are honored to be recognized for our diligence to patient safety,” said Bob Bonar, CEO, Children’s Minnesota. “As health care continues to evolve, patients and families expect more from their care teams. Our dedication to reimagining pediatric health care includes thinking differently about how we provide safe and effective care for each and every child. The Leapfrog award is a fitting recognition for our team’s commitment to eliminate harm while making the best possible use of all of our resources.”

Children’s – St. Paul was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
  • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

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 established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Children’s – St. Paul has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in the Twin Cities. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Children’s Minnesota whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children’s hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

About Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.