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UVa recognized as one of top teaching hospitals in country

University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville has been named among the top teaching hospitals in the country.

The Leapfrog Group named the Charlottesville facility as well as the UVa Haymarket Medical Center as two of the three best teaching hospitals in all of Virginia this year.

The 22-year-old nonprofit watchdog organization, which refers to itself as "the nation’s gold standard in evaluating hospital performance," said its determinations are based on free, annual surveys that assess hospital performance on national measures of safety, quality and efficiency of both inpatient and outpatient care.

More than 2,100 hospitals were evaluated this year. UVa was one of 75 teaching hospitals nationwide to win the recognition.

The only other teaching hospital in Virginia recognized was Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

“Protecting patients from preventable harm is the cornerstone of The Leapfrog Group’s mission,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a statement announcing the news. “UVA Health University Medical Center has demonstrated that patient safety is their top priority, and we’re truly pleased to recognize them as a Top Hospital this year. Congratulations to hospital staff at all levels who made this national recognition possible.”

UVa credited its focus on patient safety and high-quality care.

“As we work to expand our services and access to care as part of our 10-year strategic plan, providing the highest-quality care will continue to be our priority,” K. Craig Kent, CEO of UVa Health, said in the same statement. “I am impressed every day by the incredible care our team members provide.”

UVa was not recognized in any of the other categories Leapfrog evaluates: general hospitals, children’s hospitals and rural hospitals. One other Virginia hospital was recognized: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Chantilly was honored as the top general hospital in the commonwealth.

UVa has had a strong year when it comes to rankings and recognition.

In November, UVa Medical Center in Charlottesville joined the health system’s three other medical centers in Culpeper, Haymarket and Prince William in earning an A grade in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.

Also in November, medical news and information site WebMD named UVa Health the “best in class” health system in the commonwealth for its cancer, heart, orthopedics, neurology and digestive care.

Before that, in October, Newsweek magazine named the health system among the “world’s best” in neurosurgery, oncology and cardiology.

“Our team members are focused on providing excellent, safe care for every patient they see,” Wendy Horton, CEO of UVa Medical Center, said in a statement. “I am so proud of their work, and I am thrilled to see their efforts recognized."


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