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Leapfrog Announces 2018 Top Hospital Award for Tennessee Hospitals

-One TN Hospital Receives Coveted National Distinction

The Leapfrog Group announced today TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville earned the 2018 Top General Hospital award in Tennessee. The elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality. The winning facilities will be officially recognized at Leapfrog’s Annual Top Hospitals Ceremony tonight in Washington, D.C. Not since 2015 has a general hospital in Tennessee received this honor.

Leapfrog is a national nonprofit watchdog organization that rates hospitals on how well they protect patients from errors and infections, as well as the effectiveness of procedures and other care they provide. This year, Leapfrog recognized 118 Top Hospitals across the country. Of those, 13 were Top Children’s Hospitals, 35 Top General Hospitals, 17 Top Rural Hospitals and 53 Top Teaching Hospitals.

HC21 President/CEO, Gaye Fortner, said “In our role as a Leapfrog Regional Rollout Leader for Middle to East Tennessee, we advocate for the voluntary participation from all our regional hospitals in the annual Leapfrog survey. Nearly half of U.S. hospitals voluntarily provide data for the annual survey, which gives patients and purchasers necessary information to make informed treatment choices. HC21 members, along with our communities, appreciate the hospitals that demonstrate their commitment to transparency and continuous improvement through participation in the annual survey. Congratulations to TriStar Southern Hills on their achievement!”

“Leapfrog Top Hospitals have demonstrated excellence in providing safe and high quality care,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, boards, clinicians, staff and volunteers whose dedication contributed to their hospital’s success.”

The Top Hospital award is given to teaching, general, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in the Top Hospitals Methodology. This includes infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors, among other standards.

To see the full national list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, please visit

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