Swedish/Issaquah named one of the top hospitals in the nation

December 6, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2013

In its first year of eligibility, Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center has earned the distinction as one of the top hospitals in the nation at providing the highest quality of patient care, according to The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey of more than 1,300 hospitals.

The designation was awarded to only two hospitals in Washington state.

Swedish/Issaquah, which opened in 2012, is one of only 55 urban hospitals named as a “Top Hospital” by Leapfrog, which also recognized 22 top rural hospitals and 13 top children’s hospitals.

Widely cited as the nation’s most competitive hospital quality award, the Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures, and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions.

The 2013 Top Hospitals list was developed from a record number of 1,324 hospitals voluntarily participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

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5 Responses to “Swedish/Issaquah named one of the top hospitals in the nation”

  1. Gina on December 6th, 2013 3:58 pm

    We had our daughter at Swedish Issaquah in June 2013, and it was a truly top-notch experience. This hospital deserves this award. I’ve never seen such a great facility, and the staff was beyond amazing.

  2. Carlos on December 6th, 2013 6:06 pm

    Not real familiar with Swedish but I live in Issaquah and am glad to hear it is gaining a reputation.

    On the other side of the coin, the article reads like a paid ad:>

  3. R.W. Clever on December 7th, 2013 10:40 am

    A few points to make here. Swedish/Issaquah serves an affluent, largely mono-ethnic demographic which might be expected to produce higher outcomes for care. The award doesn’t say anything about the hospital’s overall costs of care. I’m guessing the patient community is well insured and the hospital likely has a lower incidence of uncompensated care than most other urban hospitals (stretching the definition of “urban” from the suburban/rural service area that S/I serves). In my mind the great truly urban hospitals that deserve support and praise are those like Harborview and UW Medical that must serve all comers, regardless of ability to pay, and literally save the lives people bleeding on the gurney. Not to take anything away from Swedish, which is a fine, well-run hospital chain, but I think Leapfrog’s criteria skews away from the true metropolitan city hospitals. And, by the way, the story mentions that a second Washington hospital was recognized, but doesn’t name the hospital.

  4. Beverly Fisher on December 7th, 2013 2:37 pm


  5. Fred Vinsky on December 21st, 2013 9:41 pm

    Not too hard to get this award when hardly anybody uses this facility. How much money did Swedish spend on this place?

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