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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland among nation's best

Leapfrog Group honors hospitals nationwide for quality and safety

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University of California - San Francisco

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is the only Bay Area pediatric hospital named a Top Children’s Hospital for 2022 by The Leapfrog Group, after meeting rigorous standards for safety and quality. Just 12 pediatric hospitals in the nation made the list and only four in California.  

“Providing the highest quality and safest care to our patients is our number one priority,” said Matt Cook, CEO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. “It is a testament to our clinicians and staff to be nationally recognized for their continued passion and commitment to their patients and their work.” 

More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for this year’s award. Only 5% were selected as “Top Hospitals” in four categories: pediatric, general, rural and teaching. Leapfrog’s rankings are based on hospitals’ performance across many areas, including putting systems in place to reduce infection rates, following established safety practices for surgery and maternity care, and preventing medication errors. 

“We are honored to recognize UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has demonstrated that it truly put patients first. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”

The Leapfrog Group, a national health care nonprofit, has sponsored the Top Hospital awards for more than a decade. The rankings are based on the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey – a national peer review survey that assesses hospitals’ performance on national standards of patient safety, quality, efficiency and management that prevent errors. 

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

About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are among the nation’s leading pediatric specialty hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. Their expertise covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, pulmonology, diabetes and endocrinology, as well as the care of critically ill newborns. The two campuses in San Francisco and Oakland are known for basic and clinical research, and for translating research into interventions for treating and preventing pediatric disease. They are part of UCSF Health, whose adult hospital ranks among the top 10 medical centers nationwide and serves as the teaching hospital for the University of California, San Francisco, a national leader in biomedical research and graduate-level health/sciences education. Visit


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