Arnold Palmer Hospital Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, South Seminole Hospital Earn 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 2, 2015) – For the first time, The Leapfrog Group has named Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to its annual list of Top Hospitals. This coveted and respected recognition showcases the hospital’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for patients. Arnold Palmer Hospital is the only children’s hospital in Florida to be included in the Top Hospital’s list.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have The Leapfrog Group recognize Arnold Palmer Hospital on the annual Top Hospitals list,” says Kathy Swanson, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “Our physicians, nurses, and team members are vigorously committed to being among the best children’s hospitals anywhere, and we’re proud to be the standard-bearer for safety and quality among children’s hospitals in Florida and the southeast U.S.”

Arnold Palmer Hospital was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
  • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

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: how patients fare, 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 survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Arnold Palmer Hospital has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Central Florida. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Arnold Palmer Hospital and South Seminole Hospital whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area, and is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients. Visit to learn more about all of our specialties. 

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