CHOC Recognized as Leapfrog Top Hospital for Quality and Safety

Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital Honor

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, CHOC was once again named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. CHOC is one of only two children’s hospitals on the West Coast to earn the distinction. Announced today, the award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

Among the 2,200 hospitals considered for the award, only 149 hospitals were distinguished by The Leapfrog Group:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 46 Top General
  • 23 Top Rural
  • 72 Top Teaching

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize CHOC as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHOC has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Southern California community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit