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Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Only Minnesota Urban Hospital to be Honored with National Distinction for Safe Patient Care


December 3, 2015

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – December 3, 2015 – Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital is the only Minnesota hospital to be named to the Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Urban Hospitals. This recognition showcases Methodist Hospital’s commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care for patients.

“This honor recognizes Methodist Hospital employees’ excellence in providing high-quality care in a setting that is safe for patients and their families. At Methodist Hospital, our goal has always been to deliver expert and compassionate care to our patients,” said Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Chief Operating Officer Roxanna Gapstur.

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
  • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital 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 established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in the Twin Cities metro area. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children’s hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit

About Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital is an award-winning urban acute care facility and is renowned for high-quality patient care outcomes, expert medical programs, and complex disease management. It is recognized as an area leader in cardiology, neurology, oncology, orthopedic, and maternity care with experts who are highly trained to provide patients with the most advanced care and treatment. Methodist Hospital is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

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