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Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and HealthPark Medical Center have both received top distinctions from The Leapfrog Group.

Golisano Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital and HealthPark was named a Top Teaching Hospital.

As the region’s only children’s hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital serves more than 50,000 patients each year. It has been recognized by The Leapfrog Group four other times in the past as a Top Children’s Hospital.

HealthPark Medical Center is adjacent to Golisano Children’s Hospital on the same campus. It has also previously earned the distinction of Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, and has earned an “A” grade from Leapfrog for the past seven straight reporting periods.

Each year, The Leapfrog Group recognizes the top hospitals in the country based on high-quality care and safety standards.

More than 5,000 hospitals were considered for the accolade. A total of 115 hospitals throughout the country were selected as Top Hospitals, including only 12 Top Children’s Hospitals and 58 Top Teaching Hospitals.

“We are extremely proud that Golisano Children’s Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center have both earned national recognitions by Leapfrog. Making this list, among the other top hospitals in the country, is a testament to the kind of care you can expect to receive at these facilities,” said Larry Antonucci, MD, president and chief executive officer of Lee Health.

“We are committed to providing the safest, highest quality of care to our patients, and these recognitions highlight our team members’ efforts in doing that. I couldn’t be prouder of our teams at Golisano and HealthPark for earning these impressive distinctions.”

Qualifications for the rankings include staffing, hand hygiene, infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are outlined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology report.

HealthPark is a destination for cardiac and obstetric care and also provides complex gastroenterology, general medicine, robotic surgery, gynecology, general surgery, emergency services and outpatient care. It is known throughout the region for high-quality cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and advanced cardiac diagnostics.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital from Tampa to Miami, and is home to the region’s only neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It is also a member of the Children’s Miracle Network, which is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fill funding gaps, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Golisano Children’s Hospital offers many specialty services that keep families close to home while undergoing treatment. It is one of only nine centers in the state to offer complete pediatric cancer care. The hospital’s hematology and oncology clinic has an average of 500 visits per month, and survival rates for pediatric oncology patients are higher at Golisano Children’s Hospital than the national average. Golisano Children’s Hospital also has a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, milk lab, regional perinatal intensive care center, and many different specialists.

The Top Teaching Hospital and Top Children’s Hospital awards are just some distinctions Lee Health hospitals earned from The Leapfrog Group this year. All Lee Health acute care hospitals – Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital – also received Leapfrog’s highest honor of an “A” grade based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Children’s hospitals are not included in Leapfrog’s fall grades.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization working towards improvement in the quality and safety of health care. The 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.

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

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