Today, The Leapfrog Group named University of Michigan Health as a Top Teaching Hospital, highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in both patient safety and quality. Only the highest-performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are recognized with this prestigious award, as it is widely considered one of the most competitive of its kind.
“As an academic teaching hospital, top performance in patient safety is particularly important, since studies have shown that physicians-in-training often ‘imprint’ practices from their training to their practice in other settings,” said Debra Weinstein, M.D., who serves as the executive vice dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School and chief academic officer for Michigan Medicine.
“We are proud to be disseminating excellent patient safety practices well beyond our local communities.”
The Top Teaching Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers known as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.
The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors.
“Protecting patients from preventable harm is the cornerstone of The Leapfrog Group’s mission,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group.
“University of Michigan Health has demonstrated that patient safety is their top priority, and we’re truly pleased to recognize them as a Top Teaching Hospital this year. Congratulations to hospital staff at all levels who made this national recognition possible.”
To see the full list of institutions honored as 2023 Top Teaching Hospitals, please visit leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
About Michigan Medicine and University of Michigan Health
At Michigan Medicine, we advance health to serve Michigan and the world. We pursue excellence every day in our 11 hospitals and hundreds of clinics statewide, as well as educate the next generation of physicians, health professionals and scientists in our U-M Medical School.
Michigan Medicine includes U-M Medical School and University of Michigan Health, which includes the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Health-West, University of Michigan Health-Sparrow and the Rogel Cancer Center. The U-M Medical School is one of the nation's biomedical research powerhouses, with total research awards of more than $777 million. More information is available at michiganmedicine.org.
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 for patient safety. 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. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and sign up for our newsletter.