RANCHO MIRAGE – For the third consecutive year, The Leapfrog Group has named Eisenhower Health a Top Teaching Hospital, highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality.

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.

Eisenhower became an accredited Teaching Hospital in 2011 and welcomed its first residents in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine in 2013.

In March, Eisenhower Health, the Coachella Valley’s first accredited teaching hospital, filled 20 internal medicine spots and 12 family residency spots on Match Day.

The Top Hospital Award comes following Eisenhower Health’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group – the only Coachella Valley hospital to earn this distinction.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers for their continued commitment to providing the very best in safe, patient care,” G. Aubrey Serfling, president and Chief Executive Officer of Eisenhower Health, said in a prepared statement. “To be recognized nationally as a top teaching hospital by The Leapfrog Group for three consecutive years is truly an honor. It underscores the excellent patient care our team provides every day.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Eisenhower Health received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

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

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,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a prepared statement. “With this honor, Eisenhower Health has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in the Coachella Valley 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 here.

Eisenhower Health is a not-for-profit, comprehensive health care institution that includes the 463-bed Eisenhower Hospital, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center and the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences. The Betty Ford Center is also located on the Eisenhower campus.