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Leapfrog Announces 2021 Top Hospital Award for Illinois Hospitals

By MBGH Information posted 12-07-2021 11:31 AM


Four area hospitals receive national distinction

CHICAGO – December 7, 2021 – The Leapfrog Group announced today that four hospitals in Illinois have been named to its 2021 national list of Top Hospitals:

  • AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
  • Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb
  • Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, Palos Heights
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago 

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 today as part of Leapfrog’s virtual Annual Meeting. 

The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is a Leapfrog Regional Leader, working with providers, purchasers, payors and patients in Illinois to drive safe, high-quality health care.

“We are pleased to recognize our 2021 Top Hospitals and their commitment to transparency, patient safety, and quality care saves lives every day,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals continue to face challenges as the pandemic evolves, and upholding these quality and standards is a major achievement. MBGH has done an exemplar job in Illinois, and we can expect them to be at the helm of this journey.”

The Leapfrog Group 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. A total of 149 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including: 8 Top Children’s Hospitals, 46 Top General Hospitals, 23 Top Rural Hospitals and 72 Top Teaching Hospitals.

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 2021 Top Hospitals, please visit 

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

About the Midwest Business Group on Health

MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of over 140 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $12 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on employer-directed education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. For additional details visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cary Conway

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