Top Rural Hospitals

(FRISCO, COLO.) The Leapfrog Group has named St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to its annual list of Top Rural Hospitals. This is the second time St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has received the award and the only Colorado hospital to be named to The LeapFrog Groups top list this year. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals. The awards, which are given annually were announced at Leapfrogs Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on December 2, in Washington, D.C.

Leapfrogs Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States. It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency. By achieving Top Hospital status, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has proven its a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in Summit County, said Paul Chodkowski, CEO of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center was one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally. The list includes:

  • 25 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 60 Top Urban Hospitals
  • Nine Top Childrens Hospitals

Among the hospitals reaching this achievement are:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings

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 rates for high-risk procedures and a hospitals ability to prevent medication errors.

The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all urban, rural and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, please visit

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members. The Hospital Safety Score ( is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.

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, intensive care unit, orthopedics, 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 Birth Place at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center eliminates the need for families to travel outside the county for delivery and care of their babies.