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Loma Linda University Health hospitals receive recognition for top quality


Last updated 12/21/2018 at 12:03am


Representatives from Loma Linda University Health accept the Leapfrog Top Hospital Awards in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4.

WASHINGTON – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital was named a Top Children's Hospital for the second year in a row, and Loma Linda University Medical Center – East Campus received its inaugural recognition as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Top Hospital awards are widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

Scott Perryman, senior vice president/administrator for LLU Children's Hospital, said it is a privilege to have received this award.

"This designation as a Top Children's Hospital highlights our consistent commitment to patient safety and quality," Perryman said. "The patient families we serve invest a tremendous amount of trust in the care we provide, and we feel privileged to have received this award. This recognition would not be possible without our committed clinical team of pediatricians, surgeons, sub-specialists, nurses and child life specialists for all they do to keep the mothers and children of the Inland Empire healing, healthy and happy."

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.

Home to several specialties, including rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery and family medicine, LLU Medical Center – East Campus earned the Top Teaching Hospital designation by Leapfrog for the first time.

Jonathan Jean-Marie, vice president/administrator for LLU Medical Center – East Campus, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital at the celebration event.

"In addition to providing top quality care, we pride ourselves on teaching the next generation of clinicians," Jean-Marie said. "It is the goal of our faculty to instill excellence, integrity and compassion to the residents and fellows who come to us for their training."

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

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 1,000 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to over 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.

Submitted by Loma Linda University Health.


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