(FRISCO, COLO.) For the second time in a row and third time in the last 5 years, The Leapfrog Group has named St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals. This coveted and respected recognition showcases St. Anthony Summit Medical Centers commitment to Leapfrogs vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.

This is an outstanding achievement for St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, says Paul Chodkowski, president and CEO. This award exemplifies our continued commitment to excellence, and I want to acknowledge the incredible work by our doctors, nurses and staff, and particularly our Quality Improvement and Patient Safety team, all of whom contributed tremendously to our success. As the busiest level three trauma in the state, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center continues to be recognized for their quality of care including earlier awards from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer Quality Award and Ortho Trauma Certification.

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Groups annual survey. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
  • 12 Top Childrens Hospitals

The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Groups annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospitals ability to prevent medication errors.

Leapfrogs Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Summit County. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center whose efforts achieved these results.

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2016 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrogs 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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About St. Anthony Summit Medical Center

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, part of Centura Health Network, has provided health care services to Summit County residents for over 30 years. The facility was established in 1978 to serve the high country and the surrounding area as a 24-hour emergency facility. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is a full-service hospital with a Level III trauma designation, 24-hour emergency department, 35 medical beds, surgical services, total joint and spine center, intensive care unit, orthopaedics, cardiovascular services, nuclear medicine, digital mammography, breast care services, ear, nose and throat (ENT), gastroenterology, Sleep Disorders Center and eight labor & delivery suites. The State-of-the-art Total Joint and Spine Center at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center eliminates the need for patients to travel outside the county to receive the best care. For more information about St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, please visit www.summitmedicalcenter.org.

About Centura Health

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 16 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.