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(Montclair, CA – December 6, 2023) – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is one of the most prestigious awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization for healthcare safety and quality.

Montclair Hospital Medical Center has earned an ‘A’ grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group five times since Spring 2020. In addition to exceeding standards for patient safety, the hospital earned national recognition for efforts to improve management of heart failure by the American Heart Association. In addition, Montclair Hospital received “100 Top Hospital” recognition from IBM Watson Health four times.

“Protecting patients from preventable harm is the cornerstone of The Leapfrog Group’s mission,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Montclair Hospital has demonstrated that patient safety is their top priority, and we’re truly pleased to recognize them as a Top Hospital this year. Congratulations to hospital staff at all levels who made this national recognition possible.”

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

“We strive to create an environment conducive to compassionate care, and we take every measure to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment,” said Gail Aviado, CEO of Montclair Hospital Medical Center. “This accolade is a testament to the passion and excellence that define our caregivers at Montclair Hospital. We will continue to strive for the highest standards, ensuring the well-being of our patients remains at the forefront of everything we do.”

More than 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. A total of 132 Top Hospitals were selected, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 35 Top General
  • 15 Top Rural
  • 74 Top Teaching

To qualify for the 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 and achieve top performance in their category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2023 Top Hospitals, visit


About Montclair Hospital Medical Center

Montclair Hospital Medical Center, a not-for-profit member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, was originally founded by a group of community physicians in 1973. Montclair Hospital, a 106-bed acute care hospital, received the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation award from IBM Watson Health, the Patient Safety Excellence award by Healthgrades®, and the Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Best Emergency Care. For more information visit

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