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All ‘A’s for local hospitals

Mission Hospital employees Erin Young (left ) and Lindsey Regner celebrate LeapFrog “A” safety grade // Mission photo

HCA-owned Mission Hospital in Asheville, Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville, and AdventHealth Hendersonville all earned “A” grades in the Spring 2022 national hospital safety ratings by the nonprofit LeapFrog Group. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring, and for AdventHealth it was the 12th straight “A” grade.

Pardee’s score improved from a “B” in Fall 2021. Mission repeated its “A” score from Fall 2021, after getting a “B” in Spring 2021.

Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion also earned an “A” grade in the Spring 2022 ratings, but Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, Rutherford Regional Medical Center in Rutherfordton, and Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva all collected “B” grades.

The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country. The grade uses more than 30 measures of safety data including rates of preventable errors, injuries and infections, while also accounting for whether hospitals have systems in place to protect patients from harm.

Nationwide, 33 percent of nearly 3,000 general hospitals achieved “A” ratings. North Carolina ranked first among all states for the percentage of A-rated hospitals, with 59.8 percent of all general hospitals earning the top grade. — Peter H. Lewis

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