Digital platform Money announced its inaugural list of the Best Hospitals in America, in partnership with The Leapfrog Group. Money and The Leapfrog Group teamed up to help readers narrow down a list of more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States and identified the facilities that consistently deliver the safest, highest-value care for patients and excellence in hospital experience.
This year, Money and The Leapfrog Group selected 148 U.S. hospitals to receive the Best Hospital Award. The diverse list includes general hospitals, children’s hospitals, teaching hospitals, and rural hospitals. Among the criteria that weighed heavily in the selection process include a hospital’s infection rates, maternity care, pediatrics, medication management, hand hygiene practices, nursing workforce, and critical care. Leapfrog also tracked the number of high-risk surgeries, including open heart surgery, bariatric surgery for weight loss, lung cancer surgery, and hip replacement surgery, among others. California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were among the states with the most Best Hospitals. Each of these five states had ten or more hospitals receiving the designation, with Florida leading the country with twenty-six top facilities.
The complete guide to hospitals and your money, along with the team’s methodology, can be found on Money.com.