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Piedmont Macon North Earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Monroe, Ga. (Dec.8, 2021)—Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Piedmont Macon North was named a Top General Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. Piedmont Macon North is one of only two hospitals in the state recognized as a Leapfrog Top General Hospital and the only hospital recognized within about 200 miles).

“We are honored to be recognized with Leapfrog’s top hospital award. It reflects the commitment of our entire team to make a positive difference in every life we touch,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, CEO of Piedmont Macon North. “This recognition follows the recent announcement that Piedmont Macon North Hospital and Piedmont Macon Medical Center were recognized again by Leapfrog as two of the safest hospitals for patients in the country. (Leapfrog announced this month PM and PMN as the only hospitals within 30 miles to receive Patient Safety ‘A’ grades.) Patient safety is our top priority and I am extremely pleased with the work that our physicians and hospital staff have done to ensure that our patients are treated in a safe environment.”

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Piedmont Macon North received a Top General distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 46 Top General
  • 23 Top Rural
  • 72 Top Teaching

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Piedmont Macon North as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Piedmont Macon North has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the middle Georgia community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit

Piedmont Macon North will honor its healthcare team with a celebration of the impressive Leapfrog Top General Hospital achievement on Friday, December 10 from 11 am – 1 pm in front of Piedmont Macon North, 400 Charter Blvd in Macon. Media is invited to attend.

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