Press "Enter" to skip to content

AdventHealth H’ville Named a “Best Hospital in America”

AdventHealth Hendersonville is designated one of the “Best Hospitals in America” in a new ranking from Money (formerly Money magazine) and The Leapfrog Group. No other hospital in western North Carolina made the list.

Out of more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide, only 148 hospitals were given the “best hospital” designation, based on criteria including quality, safe care, a reputation for excellent patient experiences, adequate staffing, and an ethical approach to treatment.

Five other hospitals in North Carolina earned the “best” designation, including Rex Hospital in Raleigh, WakeMed Cary Hospital in Cary, Watauga Medical Center in Boone, Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, and Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run.

To qualify for the list, eligible hospitals were required to carry an “A” letter grade on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment for Fall 2021. Mission Hospital in Asheville received an “A” grade in that rating, but Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville received a “B.” AdventHealth Hendersonville, Pardee, and Mission all received “A” grades in the Spring 2022 scoring.

Hospitals were also required to meet a qualitative assessment of excellence. They were disqualified if they exceeded national mortality rates for heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or coronary bypass surgery.

Leapfrog applied additional criteria related to safe medication ordering practices (to prevent medication errors), intensive care unit staffing, the response to “never events” (medical errors that are so serious they should never happen to patients, like operating on the wrong body part, leaving instruments inside the body after surgery, or a transfusion of the wrong type of blood), and performance related to certain high-risk surgeries including heart surgeries, bariatric surgery, hip replacements and lung cancer surgeries. — Peter Lewis

Want more of this kind of dogged reporting? Please donate now!