DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Earns 2020 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Dec 8, 2020

DETROIT — Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan was named a Top Children’s Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Children's Hospital of Michigan is the only children's hospital in the state of Michigan to earn this distinction. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Leapfrog Group is a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

girl with frog art“Children’s Hospital of Michigan is honored to be nationally recognized as one of the nine top children's hospitals in the country for quality and safety,” said Kathy Donovan, MSN, NE-BC and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “This recognition highlights our exceptional team and their dedication to providing the safest and highest quality pediatric care to the children of Southeast Michigan and beyond. I am extremely proud of our team and honored to provide nationally recognized care to our community.”

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Children’s Hospital of Michigan received a Top Children’s distinction. A total of 105 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 9 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 29 Top General Hospitals
  • 19 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 48 Top Teaching Hospitals

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 Children’s Hospital of Michigan this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Despite the extraordinary pressure and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Hospital of Michigan has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to patients and to the Detroit and Southeast Michigan community. 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.

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