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Four Baptist Health Facilities Earn Top National Award for Outstanding Quality of Care

December 20, 2022

MIAMI, FL – December 20, 2022 – In recognition of its quality and patient safety, four Baptist Health facilities were named Leapfrog Top Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) in 2022, out of only 12 selected nationally for the competitive award. This is the second year of Leapfrog’s Top ASC award which honors top performers as verified by the Leapfrog ASC Survey. The award is presented 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.

The quality of patient care across many areas of ASC performance is considered in identifying award winners, including staffing, patient experience, hand hygiene, surgical checklist protocols, and error prevention.

“We are immensely proud of our teams for their hard work and commitment to consistently upholding the highest safety standards and delivering an exceptional patient experience focused on quality care, safety and transparency,” said Mandy Gerlach, Vice President of Baptist Outpatient Services.


The four Baptist Health facilities recognized on the list are:

  • Baptist Health Surgery Center at South Miami
  • Baptist Health Surgery Center in Plantation
  • Baptist Health Endoscopy Center at Coral Springs
  • Baptist Health Surgery Center at Miami Beach

“We are proud to honor Baptist Health for their quality and patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “They have demonstrated to the community – and to the whole country – that they put patients first. We congratulate everyone who helped achieve this national recognition.”

A total of 12 ASCs across the United States were selected as Top ASCs, representing:

  • 6 States:
    • Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee
  • 10 Specialties:
    • Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology, Dermatology, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Leapfrog Top ASC Award is modeled after the prestigious Leapfrog Top Hospital award that’s been in existence since 2006. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2022 Top ASCs, 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 (ASC) 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 26,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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