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Manchester Memorial Hospital Awarded Coveted 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction

Manchester, Kentucky December 2, 2014 – The Leapfrog Group has named Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) in 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, were announced at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on December 2, in Washington, D.C.

“This award signifies Manchester Memorial Hospital’s ongoing commitment and dedication to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety,” said Erika Skula, CEO.  “Our staff work diligently to place patient safety first and it is an honor to be recognized at the national level for this distinction.”


“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States. 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, Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in Clay County,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

MMH was one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally. The list includes:
• 25 Top Rural Hospitals
• 60 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: 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 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

*Published in The Manchester Enterprise*