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AdventHealth Hendersonville Only WNC Hospital to Earn 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

N.C., AdventHealth Hendersonville Only WNC Hospital to Earn 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Dec. 7, 2021; HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, for the first time in its history AdventHealth Hendersonville has been named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group a national nonprofit empowering patient to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.

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.

AdventHealth Hendersonville is the only hospital in Western North Carolina to earn this distinction for 2021.

“Earning Leapfrog's Top Hospital designation for 2021 is truly a testament to the intentionality of our quality and safety work. This honor is not achieved by accident. It is the result of a proactive commitment to design and deliver health care that is reflective of the safest recognized practices,” shared Gretchen Nicholson, MBA, MT, CPHRM, CPHQ, Director, AdventHealth Hendersonville Office of Collaborative Improvement.

“To earn this national award is an incredible accomplishment at any time, but I couldn’t be prouder of the AdventHealth Hendersonville team for achieving The Leapfrog Group Top Hospital award in the midst of the global pandemic. We are truly honored to be part of this elite recognition for our commitment to provide high quality care safely and compassionately,” said Brandon Nudd, AdventHealth Hendersonville President and Chief Executive Officer.

More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, AdventHealth Hendersonville received a Top General Hospital distinction. The Leapfrog Group selected a total of 149 top hospitals nationwide as Top Hospitals, including:

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

The Leapfrog Group considers the quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance 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 AdventHealth Hendersonville 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, AdventHealth Hendersonville has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Western North Carolina 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 leapfroggroup.org/top hospitals.