NEWS | December 2, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center named 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the third consecutive year


UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2014, an elite distinction that recognizes UC Davis for meeting tough national standards for safety and quality.

The Leapfrog Group Top Hospital  The Leapfrog Group Top Hospital

The annual award, widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive, is given to the highest performing hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

This is the third consecutive year that UC Davis has placed on Leapfrog's Top Hospital list. UC Davis is one of only 12 hospitals in the U.S. and the only University of California medical center to receive the distinction for the past three years.

Leapfrog posted its list of Top Hospitals for 2014 online today and is recognizing awardees at group's annual meeting in Arlington, VA.. Of the more than 1,400 U.S. hospitals that completed the survey this year, 60 were listed as top urban hospitals, including 20 in California.  

“These Top Hospitals represent the best of American health care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of their patients,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group.

The Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that deliver high-quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing readmissions for patients treated for common conditions, such as pneumonia and heart attack. It also provides a comprehensive picture of how patients fare, what resources are used to care for patients and how management promotes safety and quality.

Top Hospitals also must have earned an “A” from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals twice a year based on expert analysis of infections, injuries and medical errors. UC Davis received “A” ratings during Leapfrog’s 2014 and 2013 reporting periods.

“The Top Hospital designation demonstrates our long-standing commitment to achieving important quality and patient safety goals,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “I am proud of our physicians, nurses and staff who contribute to our robust continuous quality improvement and patient safety efforts.”

More information about The Leapfrog Group’s 2014 Top Hospital designation and the methodology used to develop the national list is available at

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members. The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. For more information, visit