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Great Plains Health is first hospital in Nebraska to receive Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for outstanding quality and safety

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Great Plains Health is first hospital in Nebraska to receive Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for outstanding quality and safety

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

December 17, 2019

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North Platte, Neb, December 17, 2019 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, named Great Plains Health a Top Rural Hospital, the only hospital in Nebraska and one of only 18 nationally to earn this award.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive safety and quality honors American hospitals can receive. Great Plains Health is the first hospital in Nebraska to ever receive a Top Hospital award.

Great Plains Health’s chief executive officer and leadership representatives are in Washington DC today, at the request of The Leapfrog Group, to officially receive this national honor at an awards ceremony that traditionally experiences attendance of more than 1,000 hospital leaders from across the country.
“It takes a tremendous team effort and an unrelenting focus on patient safety and quality to earn an award of this distinction,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health chief executive officer. “This award demonstrates the extraordinary dedication of all of our staff and physicians to patients and to the local community. We are committed to providing the very best care to the patients we serve," said McNea.

About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Great Plains Health received a Top Rural distinction. A total of 118 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:
• 7 Top Children’s Hospitals
• 37 Top General Hospitals
• 18 Top Rural Hospitals
• 56 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 Great Plains Health 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 North Platte 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


About Great Plains Health
Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopaedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,093 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.
The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit

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.

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