Research Medical Center
December 02, 2014

The Leapfrog Group has named Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to less 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 Dec. 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Research Medical Center is the only Kansas City-area hospital to receive the Top Hospital distinction, and one of only two hospitals in Missouri.

“In a time of dramatic change in American healthcare, Research Medical Center’s outstanding performance in The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital ratings reflects our continued commitment to quality,” says Jackie DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center.  “Our patients are able to achieve positive outcomes through evidenced-based care, safety and quality because of our physicians, nurses and care teams who excel in proactive prevention of illness, early detection of disease and better treatment of chronic conditions. It’s an honor to have our commitment to patients and their families recognized on a national level.” 

“I am grateful for the work of Research Medical Center and congratulate them on receiving this honorable distinction,” says Kansas City Mayor Sly James.  “I thank them for their commitment to caring for the people of Kansas City and applaud their efforts to provide quality healthcare to those in need in our city.”

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” says Leah Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group.  “It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency. By achieving Top Hospital status, Research Medical Center has proven it is a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in Kansas City.”

Research Medical Center is one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 61 Top Urban Hospitals
  • Nine Top Children’s Hospitals

Among the hospitals reaching this achievement are:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings

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: patient outcomes, 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 in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology. To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, please visit 

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