The Leapfrog Group Announces 2016 Top Hospital Recipients, 11 Florida Hospitals


11 Florida Hospitals Receive National Recognition in Washington, D.C.

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 8, 2016) On December 6, The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency, announced its 2016 Top Hospitals at their Annual Meeting & Top Hospital Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., where 11 Florida Hospitals were among those honored.

The Top Hospital Awards are presented to select hospitals across the nation that meet Leapfrog’s rigorous quality and safety standards. As of November 30, 2016, more than 1,800 hospitals participated in the most recent annual 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the results are publicly reported for use by Leapfrog’s constituency of employers and other purchasers, as well as their employees and the public at large.

There were substantial changes to the methodology this year to ensure that only the “best of the best” were identified. Two new award categories were also introduced, “Top Teaching Hospital” and “Top General Hospital.” Florida had three Top Children’s Hospitals, seven Top General Hospitals and one Top Teaching Hospitals this year.

The 2016 Top Florida Hospitals are:

  • Cape Coral Hospital, Top General
  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Top General
  • Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Top General
  • Florida Hospital Waterman, Top General
  • Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Top General
  • Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Top Children’s
  • Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando, Top Children's
  • Northwest Medical Center, Top General
  • Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Top Children's
  • Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, Top General
  • Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, Top Teaching


“We are honored to have been able to present 11 of Florida’s highest quality hospitals with this prestigious national award today,” said Florida Health Care Coalition President and CEO Karen van Caulil. “These hospitals raise the bar for industry standards and provide an admirable example for other facilities to follow.”

Overall, Top Hospitals tend to have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. Other metrics for Top Hospitals are tied to excellence in maternity care, evidence of minimal medication errors and appropriate staffing to ensure quality of care.

This year, a total of 115 Top Hospitals from across the country are being honored. Of those, 9 were recognized as Top Children’s Hospitals, 56 have been named Top General Hospitals, 21 were named Top Rural Hospitals, and 29 were named Top Teaching Hospitals.

“Hospitals that receive the Top Hospital distinction have demonstrated excellence at providing safe and high quality care,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize that staff throughout the entire hospital share this commitment and congratulate every person who contributed to their hospital’s success.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2016 Top Hospitals, please visit

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About The Florida Health Care Coalition

The Florida Health Care Coalition (FLHCC) represents major employers across the state that covers over two million lives, addressing one common goal: to improve the quality of health care for all Floridians. Through educational programs and quality improvement initiatives developed by the member organizations, Coalition staff, Board members, partners, affiliates, and sponsors, FLHCC organizes events that inform and contribute to health care quality improvement across Florida. For more information, please visit, or find the organization on Facebook, Twitter (@FLHCC) or LinkedIn.

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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.


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