December 6, 2022

Vanderbilt University Hospital named a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital

Vanderbilt University Hospital has again been named a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group.

Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH) has again been named a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group.

Leapfrog is a large coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability.

Announced Dec. 6, the Top Hospital award reflects Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s longstanding commitment to patient safety and health care quality and is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors and numerous other qualities.

“With immense gratitude, I want to acknowledge the outstanding teamwork and dedication displayed by our physicians, nurses and staff that resulted in this award. Only the nation’s highest performing hospitals are eligible for this honor. I offer congratulations to everyone for making VUH the only adult teaching hospital in Tennessee to receive this distinction,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC.

More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. A total of 58 nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals.

“We are extremely proud of our VUMC team members who are so dedicated to providing high quality, safe care. It is great to see the hard work and efforts being nationally recognized with designation of Top Teaching Hospital by Leapfrog Group,” said Jenny Slayton, DNP RN, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention at VUMC.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank highly among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety and assigns a letter grade. VUH recently received an “A” safety grade on Leapfrog’s fall survey.

“Achieving Leapfrog recognition for the excellent quality Vanderbilt University Hospital provides to patients is an honor, said Shon Dwyer, MBA, RN, President of VUH. “And, while that recognition is nice, what drives our teams is our commitment to do the best we can for our patients. This requires a high level of teamwork and relentless continuous improvement that our teams demonstrate every day.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2022 Top Hospitals, visit

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and reports hospital performance, helping purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers useful information 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.