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Adventist Health Bakersfield named Top Hospital (1 of 6 in California!)


Bakersfield, Calif., – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Adventist Health Bakersfield was named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time, making Adventist Health Bakersfield the ONLY Top Hospital in Kern County. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, for the third consecutive time, also from the Leapfrog Group.

“What a tremendous honor to be one of six hospitals in our state and the only in Kern County to receive this Top Hospital Award. Every day, our staff comes ready to provide high quality, compassionate care that exemplifies our mission of inspiring our community to live life marked by health, wholeness and hope,” said Sharlet Briggs, AH Bakersfield President. “I’m extremely proud of our Top Hospital recognition and our third “A” grade that truly illustrates our commitment to providing the best health care available in Kern County.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Adventist Health Bakersfield received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

* 13 Top Children’s Hospitals

* 35 Top General Hospitals

* 17 Top Rural Hospitals

* 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Adventist Health Bakersfield has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to

patients in Bakersfield requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.