St. Francis receives Top Hospital Award

NOVI, Mich. — OSF St. Francis Hospital has received a Top Hospital Award.

The award is given by the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, along with The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers. St. Francis was one of four hospitals in Michigan named to its 2017 national list of Top Hospitals. 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 at Leapfrog’s Annual Top Hospitals Ceremony tonight in Arlington, Va.

OSF St. Francis Hospital is one of only 18 hospitals in the country to receive the Top Rural Hospital award. This marks the fifth time in the past six years the hospital has won this award. Each year, roughly only two percent of hospitals in the U.S. are awarded Top Hospital.

This year, Leapfrog recognized 109 Top Hospitals across the country. Of those, 10 were Top Children’s Hospitals, 45 Top General Hospitals, 36 Top Teaching Hospitals and, as previously mentioned, 18 Top Rural Hospitals.

“OSF St. Francis has earned this award five out of the last six years – simply an amazing feat. We commend this hospital for once again achieving this exceptional status,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “Residents of the Upper Peninsula sometimes look at hospitals in Wisconsin for their care, instead they should know that some of the best hospitals in the country are already in their backyard.”

The other Michigan hospitals receiving the Top Hospital award are:

– MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin, Top Rural Hospital

– St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Top Teaching Hospital

– St. Joseph Mercy – Chelsea, Top General Hospital

“Leapfrog Top Hospitals are the nation’s role models for putting patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the boards, management, clinicians, staff and volunteers whose dedication makes all the difference.”

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.