COLUMBUS, Ohio - OhioHealth Doctors Hospital announced today that it has been named to the Leapfrog Group's annual list of Top Hospitals. The award was announced today at Leapfrog's annual meeting in Washington D.C.

Widely cited as the nation's most competitive hospital quality award, the Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

"The field of hospitals' considered for this year's elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever.  By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Doctors Hospital has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  If my family or friends needed care I'd be comfortable sending them to Doctors Hospital," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

"OhioHealth Doctors Hospital is honored to be chosen as a 2013 Top Hospital from the Leapfrog Group," said Joseph Geskey, DO, vice president of Medical Affairs at Doctors Hospital.  "This prestigious award recognizes the continual focus our doctors, nurses, associates, and hospital leadership have toward ensuring our patients receive medical care in a safe, effective environment while embracing Ohio Health's commitment toward ensuring a safety culture in all of our inpatient and outpatient clinical sites. We look forward to our continued partnership with our patients and the community to ensure that we continue to give medical care that is safe, effective and holistic."

Doctors Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Group's annual survey.  Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children's hospitals, and 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.  It focuses on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures in place to prevent errors. 

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the toughest standard-bearer and provides the most complete picture of a hospital's safety, quality, and resource use performance.  Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay, and fewer readmissions.