OSF St. Francis Hospital named 2019 Top Rural Hospital

12/17/2019 - Escanaba, Michigan

  • Leapfrog

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the seventh time.  Announced today, 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, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality.

“Being named a Top Hospital is a rewarding reflection of all of our Mission Partner’s commitment to safe, quality care,” said Dave Lord, President of OSF St. Francis. “We are especially honored for our community hospital to be named among the elite hospitals in the United States, for a seventh time.”

About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, OSF St. Francis Hospital received one of 18 Top Rural Hospital distinctions awarded in the United States and one of four awarded in Michigan. A total of 120 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:


  • 10 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 37 Top General Hospitals
  • 18 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 55 Top Teaching Hospitals


Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, 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 pleased to recognize OSF St. Francis Hospital as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and to the Delta County community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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 OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is a Medicare designated critical access hospital, providing care for more than 45,000 patients and their families in Delta County and surrounding communities. As a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Ill., OSF St. Francis employs more than 600 individuals, with more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers on its medical staff. It offers hospital, physician and home care services. For more information about OSF or its Top Hospital status, visit www.osfstfrancis.org.


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Lindsey Stearns
Community Relations Specialist
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