December 2, 2014
Harrington Awarded Coveted 2014 Top Hospital Distinction

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, December 2, 2014 – For the second time, The Leapfrog Group has named Harrington to its annual list of Top Hospitals. A distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is presented to less than fewer than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.

The awards, which are given annually, will be announced at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on December 2, in Washington, D.C.

“We take great pride in being recognized as a Top Hospital for the second year in a row,” says Ed Moore, Harrington President and CEO. “We focus every day on the patient experience and quality care. To be one of only 94 hospitals nationwide recognized as top leader in healthcare is extremely special to us.”

Harrington is one of 60 urban hospitals to receive this title for 2014, but only one of 19 to receive the top award two years in a row.

The award comes on the heels of Harrington’s six straight “A” score in Leapfrog’s safety survey, conducted twice annually and involving more than 2,500 hospitals. Harrington is one of only 204 hospitals out of the 2,500 nationwide to receive an “A” grade six consecutive times.

Among the list of Top Hospital recipients were 24 rural hospitals, 61 urban hospitals, and nine children’s hospitals. The winning facilities were comprised of academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, and community 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 rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather to all urban, rural and children’s hospitals that meet the high standards defined by Leapfrog.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, visit

About The Leapfrog Group
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.

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