Sharp Mary Birch Receives National Top Hospital Award for Quality
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns was named a top general hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row.
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.
Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Sharp Mary Birch received a Top General distinction, recognized nationally alongside:
- 10 top children’s hospitals
- 45 top general hospitals
- 18 top rural hospitals
- 36 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.
“We are proud to recognize Sharp Mary Birch as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
To qualify for the top hospital distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals.
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.
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.
About Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
As San Diego’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to women and newborns, Sharp Mary Birch offers a full range of maternity, neonatal and women’s surgical services. The hospital has nine operating rooms; 206 beds, including the region’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 84 beds; a 14-bed Women’s Acute Care Unit; and a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit with a nursery to allow mom and baby stay together.
More than 150 physicians specializing in women’s and infants’ medicine are affiliated with Sharp Mary Birch, which delivers more than 9,000 babies each year — more than any other hospital in California.
Sharp Mary Birch offers 24-hour physician care, prenatal testing, care for high-risk pregnancies, state-of-the-art labor and delivery suites, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, Neonatal Research Institute and the New Beginnings Boutique & Gift Shop, a complete breastfeeding resource center for expecting and new moms.
Sharp Mary Birch is a designated center of excellence for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery, and also provides general and reconstructive surgical services, as well as gynecologic oncology, urological services and a comprehensive women’s health education program.