June 29, 2018
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals has named Memorial Hospital as a recipient of the 2018 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, which recognizes hospitals for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay.
In 2018, 458 hospitals across the nation achieved the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, placing them among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data. On average, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided* if all hospitals performed similarly to award recipients on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.
During the study period (2014-2016), Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:
- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 52.4 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 4.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
Memorial Hospital is proud to take a lead in the prevention of patient safety events.