Boston Childrens Hospital Awarded Elite Distinction as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Childrens Hospital

December 4, 2012

Boston, Mass.— Boston Children’s Hospital today was named a 2012 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. For the fifth consecutive year, Boston Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in New England to receive the distinction.

Boston Children’s was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey.  The selection is based on the results of the survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. 

As a 2012 award-winner, Boston Children’s met the following standards for safe, high quality care: a Quality Score of 90 or better as calculated through Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program. The score includes Leapfrog’s standards for preventing medication errors (CPOE), ICU Physician Staffing, Safe Practices, Never Events, and in some cases preventing hospital-acquired conditions such as infections. Hospitals with high quality scores have demonstrated strict adherence to Leapfrog’s safety and quality standards.

Rob Graham
Boston Children's Hospital

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital visit: