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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute awarded coveted 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction

  • Recognition highlights the nation’s premier hospitals for safety and quality

    Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD

    For the first time, The Leapfrog Group has named Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction 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 all eligible hospitals.

    "This important recognition reflects our deep commitment to patient safety and quality of care," said Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "It is also an important reminder that we must remain ever vigilant, and that our efforts to further culture, systems and processes that reinforce patient safety must be continuous and constant."

    "Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States. 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, Dana-Farber has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in New England," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

    Dana-Farber was one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally. The list includes:

    • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
    • 61 Top Urban Hospitals
    • Nine Top Children’s Hospitals

    Among the hospitals reaching this achievement are:

    • Academic medical centers
    • Teaching hospitals
    • Community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings

    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

Posted on December 02, 2014

  • Edward J. Benz Jr., MD
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