Leapfrog names 2016 Top Hospitals: 7 things to know

The Leapfrog Group named its Top Hospitals of the year on Tuesday, and 115 hospitals made the cut in four categories: children's hospitals, general hospitals, teaching hospitals and rural hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group considers several quality metrics when selecting its Top Hospitals, including safety, surgical outcomes, maternity care and leadership. The group uses data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey data to determine the recipients — roughly 1,800 hospitals completed the survey this year.

Here are seven things to know about the designation and this year's honorees.

1. Leapfrog changed the Top Hospital categories this year, separating the former Top Urban Hospitals category into two categories: Top Teaching Hospitals and Top General Hospitals.

2. There is no set number of hospitals that can receive the designation each year — instead, all hospitals that meet the standards set by Leapfrog and outperform others in their category are named as a Top Hospital. Find more information on this year's methodology here.

3. Fifty-six hospitals were named Top General Hospitals this year.

4. Twenty-nine teaching hospitals were designated as a Top Teaching Hospital for 2016.

5. Twenty-nine rural and critical access hospitals were recognized as Top Rural Hospitals this year, up from 24 last year.

6. Nine hospitals were recognized in the Top Children's Hospitals category, down from 12 last year.

7. Leapfrog's 2016 Top Hospitals are located in 28 states and Washington, D.C., this year. California had the most, with 25. Florida and Illinois were close behind, with 11 and 10, respectively.

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