Mariners Hospital

Mariners Hospital earns 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospitals award for outstanding quality and safety

December 17, 2019

Tavernier, FL – December 17, 2019 – Mariners Hospital has been named a Top Rural Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization focused on improving healthcare standards. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award recognizes achievements in patient safety and quality and is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. Mariners Hospital is one of only 118 hospitals out of 2,100 eligible facilities in the country to be named a Top Hospital. This is the third time the Keys hospital has earned the Top Rural Hospital honor.

“We are pleased that Mariners Hospital has been recognized by The Leapfrog Group for the high standard of care that our physicians, nurses and staff deliver every day,” said Rick Freeburg, CEO of Mariners Hospital. “Our team members are highly skilled, dedicated and compassionate, and they care deeply about the patients and families we serve. This prestigious award is a direct reflection of our their unwavering commitment to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in the safest healthcare environment possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospital distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses performance across many areas of patient care, including infection rates, surgical safety, maternity care and medication errors prevention. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Mariners Hospital 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 Keys community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and who share pride in this achievement.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit

About Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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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