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Memphis Has a Top Hospital! Le Bonheur Named a Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital

On December 7, 2017, The Leapfrog Group announced Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been named to its 2017 national list of Top Children’s Hospitals. The elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality. The winning facilities were officially recognized at Leapfrog’s Annual Top Hospitals Ceremony in Arlington, VA. 

Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health, the Regional Leader for the Leapfrog Group in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas, and Acting Chair of the Leapfrog Group Board of Directors, presented the award to Le Bonheur. “For 10 years I have been recognizing Tennessee’s Top Hospitals, but this is the first time a Memphis-area hospital has made the list. I am so honored to recognize Le Bonheur’s commitment and achievements in quality and patient safety and thank them for the work it took to perform at this level”, said Travis. 

Donna Vickery, Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Le Bonheur, accepted the Top Hospital award from Leah Binder, Leapfrog CEO, and Cristie Upshaw Travis, MBGH CEO and Acting Chair of the Leapfrog Group Board of Directors.

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

“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. To see the full national list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, please visit

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:37 AM

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