Providence Portland Medical Center recognized nationally as "Top Hospital" for safety and quality

December 03, 2014
Providence Portland Medical Center has received national recognition for providing the highest level of safe and quality care. The Leapfrog Group named Providence Portland Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals – the only hospital in Oregon to receive this distinction. 

This elite distinction is awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of more than 1,400 eligible hospitals nationwide. This year, Providence Portland was one of 94 facilities recognized nationally. 

“We are honored to be recognized for the excellent and compassionate work our caregivers provide every day to those we serve,” said Paul Gaden, Providence Portland Medical Center chief executive. “This national award is further testament to the commitment we have to our community to give the highest quality and safest care possible to our patients, especially the poor and vulnerable.”  

“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. “It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency. By achieving Top Hospital status, Providence Portland has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in the Portland area.” 

The 94 hospitals recognized this year include academic, teaching and community medical centers. 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 rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. 

The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all urban, rural and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology. To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org)  is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members. The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.