Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Leapfrog Group announced today Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has been named a Top Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

“We take exceptional quality patient care and safety very seriously; it’s what we strive to accomplish every day. We are honored to be recognized for our quality of care with such a significant distinction. This accomplishment, as well as many others we have received over the recent years, is a testament to our outstanding team of physicians, employees, and volunteers,” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “Being one of only 115 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in our region to be named a Top General Hospital for high quality care and safety shows our dedication and commitment to our patients.”

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in this area name requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

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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.