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AdventHealth Hendersonville earns back-to-back Leapfrog Top Hospital Awards for Outstanding Quality & Safety

Dec 06, 2022 01:49PM ● By WNC Business

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, AdventHealth Hendersonville was named a Top General Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced Dec. 6, 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 widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. Top Hospitals will be honored tonight at the 2022 Leapfrog Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

“We are so proud of our team and their incredible dedication to quality and safety in all they do to care for people across our community. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is national recognition for what is at the heart of our culture here at AdventHealth Hendersonville,” shared Brandon Nudd, President and Chief Executive Officer for AdventHealth Hendersonville.

The Leapfrog Group considered more than 2,200 hospitals for the award. Among those, AdventHealth Hendersonville received a Top General distinction. A total of 115 top hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 12 Top Children’s
  • 32 Top General
  • 13 Top Rural
  • 58 Top Teaching

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.

“Achieving Top Hospital requires us to really get it right across the board,” explains Gretchen Nicholson, Director of Office of Collaborative Improvement for AdventHealth Hendersonville. “We maintain our strong support of safety culture across our teams through many efforts including nursing and clinical team debriefs and safe staffing level tracking with daily huddles.” The AdventHealth team does all of this to keep the hospital at the top of the quality and safety metrics that allow us to provide the patient experience that is leading more people to choose AdventHealth for their health care.

“We are honored to recognize AdventHealth Hendersonville as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “AdventHealth Hendersonville has demonstrated that they truly put patients first. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.” 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 and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2022 Top Hospitals, visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

About AdventHealth Hendersonville 

Founded in 1910, AdventHealth Hendersonville is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of our growing communities, providing high-quality, compassionate, not-for- profit care in a Christian environment.

In 1984, AdventHealth Hendersonville became a member of Adventist Health System. With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and a commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s more than 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states. AdventHealth Hendersonville consistently earns national ranking for its commitment to patient safety, earning the overall Five-Star rating in Quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, 13 consecutive “A” grades in Leapfrog Group’s Safety Grade survey, and the 2021 and 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for outstanding quality and safety.

AdventHealth Hendersonville includes cardiac care & rehabilitation, emergency services, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, an award winning labor & delivery experience, and a full range of imaging services to help people across our region experience whole health. For more information about AdventHealth Hendersonville or to find a physician, please visit