Bayhealth Sussex Campus Earns Top Hospital Award

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Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus was named a Top Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group, which also includes achieving a Safety Grade A. 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 organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus received a Top Hospital distinction. A total of 105 hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals.

“At all levels of our organization, we are deeply committed and driven to deliver the highest quality and safest care possible for every patient, every time,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE. “Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus is the only hospital in Delaware to achieve this top honor in 2020. This award further validates the outstanding work being done by all of our teams.”

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.

“Being recognized as a Top Hospital is an extraordinary feat and we are honored to recognize Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Despite the extraordinary pressure and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to patients and to the southern Delaware community. 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 2020 Top Hospitals, visit

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