Swedish Medical Center
December 10, 2021

Swedish Medical Center Earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO (December 10, 2021) – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Swedish Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

“We believe in a culture of patient safety and patient-centered care,” said Dr. Jaya Kumar, Chief Medical Officer at Swedish Medical Center. “This belief, along with our focus on collaboration, evidence-based medicine, and a motto of ‘zero harm’ advances our efforts in providing exceptional high-quality care.”

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Swedish received a Top Teaching distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 46 Top General
  • 23 Top Rural
  • 72 Top Teaching

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Swedish Medical Center as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Swedish has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Englewood community and greater Denver metro area. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.