Craig Owens

Craig Owens

WellStar Douglas Hospital is the only hospital in Georgia to be named a Top General Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, a national independent hospital watchdog association. Based on quality and patient safety, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. Douglas Hospital won the award for two consecutive years.

“The team at Douglas Hospital makes it possible to win this top honor by bringing their best to patients every day,” said Craig Owens, president of WellStar Douglas Hospital. “Whether it’s our nurses or environmental services team members, we give our all because at Douglas, we see our patients as family.”

Only 6 percent of hospitals in the nation meet the criteria to qualify as a Leapfrog Top Hospital.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered to establish the qualifications for the award. Areas considered include: infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are proud to recognize WellStar Douglas Hospital as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit

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