BRUNSWICK, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Wolfson Children's Hospital was named a Top Children's Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, Wolfson Children's Hospital president, said, "We consider it our privilege to care for our region's children. In order to earn the trust of families, we continually strive to improve our care. We measure the quality of our hospital care in a wide variety of ways — and we often rank as one of the top hospitals in the country, including the Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital award. We don't seek these rankings or quality awards for the recognition. We do it to make our care better and better. Children's hospitals learn from each other, which leads to improving processes and programs. That's good for kids."

He added, "Thanks to our strong partnerships with Nemours Children's Specialty Care and the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine – Jacksonville, we are able to provide some of the best pediatric care in the nation."

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The Leapfrog Group considered about 2,100 hospitals for Top Hospital awards. Among those, Wolfson Children's Hospital received a Top Children's Hospital distinction. A total of 118 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

• 10 Top Children's Hospitals
• 310 Top General Hospitals (Baptist Medical Center Nassau achieved this honor, along with an "A" Hospital Safety Grade, also from The Leapfrog Group.)
• 18 Top Rural Hospitals
• 56 Top Teaching Hospitals

Wolfson Children's Hospital is committed to providing safe, quality health care to children. In addition to being named as a 2019 Leapfrog Group Top Hospital, Wolfson Children's is a three-time Magnet® designated hospital, a designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that recognized excellence in patient care, and is named among the 2019-2020 U.S News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals.

Services provided at Wolfson Children's Hospital are provided primarily by pediatric physician specialists with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, (https://www.nemours.org/locations/florida-pediatric-specialty-care-jacksonville.html/bhnas1.bh.local/Departments/Marketing/WCH%20PR/Users/MH/AppData/Local/Temp/nemours.org) University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville (http://www.hscj.ufl.edu/medicine/), UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (for cardiac surgery services) (http://www.chp.edu/our-services/heart) and Emergency Resources Group (http://www.ergjax.com/).

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For more information on why quality rankings should matter to parents, please visit wolfsonchildrens.com/about/best-childrens-hospital (https://www.wolfsonchildrens.com/about/best-chi...)

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