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Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, East Liverpool Health System was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.

“Patient Safety is an important part of East Liverpool Health System. To be named one of the 17 Top Rural Hospitals in the nation is a great accomplishment and an indicator of our commitment to the high level of quality and safety we provide to our community,” said Keith Richardson, President and CEO of East Liverpool Health System.

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, East Liverpool Health System received a Top Rural Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 35 Top General Hospitals
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

“To be recognized nationally for the quality of care we provide is an honor and I would like to say thank you to our entire healthcare team at East Liverpool Health System for their continuous dedication in providing patient centric care,” said Judy Carpenter, Director of Quality.

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

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, East Liverpool Health System has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in East Liverpool requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

“Our team at East Liverpool Health System is very committed to upholding the highest standard of evidence-based practice. Our talented staff work in a collaborative manner to focus on clinical excellence and will continue to deliver exceptional care to the community that we serve,” said Jayne Rose, Chief Nursing Officer.