Just days after issuing its latest round of hospital-specific letter grades for patient safety, the Leapfrog Group has announced its annual list of top hospitals. Ninety-two hospitals in 26 states made this year's list, up from 65 in 2011.
Leapfrog credited that jump in part to the 13 rural hospitals that made 2012's list, compared with just three last year. “It's the largest group of rural hospitals we have ever had,” a Leapfrog spokeswoman said in an interview, adding that rural hospitals have made particular progress in implementing computerized physician-order entry systems.
“These hospitals in rural communities prove that hospitals of any shape, size and demographic can achieve the highest level of performance,” Keith Reissaus, vice president of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and Leapfrog's board chair, said in a Dec. 4 news release.