The Leapfrog Group has designated Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge as a top general hospital for the first time.

The award highlights nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, and it is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, a news release said.

“We are proud to recognize Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge 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, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

Ochsner Baton Rouge is one of three Louisiana hospitals chosen for the honor, and all three are affiliated with Ochsner Health System. Nationwide, 139 hospitals received the award.

“Every day, our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and staff work tirelessly to provide the very best in patient-centered care to everyone who needs our expertise,” Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge CEO Eric McMillen said. “This award validates those relentless efforts and our ongoing drive to offer the best, most advanced care in the area.”

Infection rates, maternity care and the capacity to prevent medication errors are among the standards considered when choosing which hospitals receive the status of top general hospital. Hospitals must submit a Leapfrog hospital survey to qualify for the distinction.