In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions as well as adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.
"We are so proud to accept the Top Hospital Award from the Leapfrog Group for a third year in a row. Our Swedish/First Hill campus continues to set a high standard in health-care quality and patient safety across the country," said
, M.D., Swedish's director of Quality and Patient Safety. "This award reinforces our tireless work to provide the best care to our patients."
Dr. Gregg added that although Swedish Medical Center/Ballard is not eligible for the Top Hospital Award because it doesn't provide intensive-care services, just last week that campus received an 'A' Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Three representatives from Swedish traveled to
to receive the Top Hospital Award. They included Chief Medical Officer
, M.D.; Director of Quality and Patient Safety
, M.D.; and Quality and Patient Safety Data Analyst
Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the
area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill,
); ambulatory care centers in
; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit
About Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012,
affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations' ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The health system employs more than 64,000 people across five states –
– with its system office located in
. In 2011,
provided more than
in community benefit, including nearly
in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of
began more than 155 years ago. In 2011, Swedish provided more than
in community benefit in
and Swedish are working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care in all of the communities they serve. For more information, visit
SOURCE Swedish Medical Center/First Hill,