USC Norris Cancer Hospital earns national 2021 Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital award

Newswise — LOS ANGELESUSC Norris Cancer Hospital, part of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a Top Teaching Hospital nationwide by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization.

“This is a tremendous honor and recognizes USC Norris Hospital for its achievements in patient safety and quality,” said Marty Sargeant, CEO of USC’s Keck Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital.

More than 2,200 hospitals were eligible for a Top Hospital Award, which recognized hospitals in four categories: pediatric, general, rural and education.

A total of 149 hospitals have been selected as Top Hospitals, including 72 Top Academic Hospitals.

“The appointment of USC Norris Cancer Hospital is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in many areas of hospital performance, including infection rates, surgeries and the hospital’s ability to prevent errors,” said Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the cancer center. “I am very proud that, even as we met the challenges of the pandemic, we continued to ensure the highest level of care for our patients and continue the important research leading to breakthroughs in cancer treatment.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals award, hospitals must rank at the top of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance against the highest standards of quality and patient safety.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nation’s 51 comprehensive cancer centers, a select group of institutions that lead cancer treatment, research, prevention, and education. USC Norris has had this designation since 1973, when it was listed as one of the first eight such centers in the country. Every day, USC Norris scientists and physicians join patients and the community in the fight against cancer.

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of USC’s Keck Medicine. For more information about Keck Medicine, including the Cancer Center, visit

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