Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center announced today that it is a
recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that
have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients
during hospital stays.
The Healthgrades distinction places Saint Mary’s among the top 5
percent of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for
its excellent performance as evaluated by
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians
“Saint Mary’s is very proud to share with our community that
we are a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award,”
said Helen Lidholm, CEO of Saint Mary’s Health Network. “Our
clinical staff work exceptionally hard to ensure the highest safety standards
are implemented. This awards signifies our commitment to making sure every
patient at our hospital is cared for in a manner that reflects our safety
During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated
in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during
a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 44.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
Saint Mary’s team of physicians and staff implemented and evaluated
numerous processes that lead to the receipt of this award. The noted best
practices include implementing real time review of potential patient safety
indicators and creating collaboration between numerous disciplines; the
development of tracking tools and electronic systems for trend monitoring;
securing physician champion leaders to provide education to their peers;
and the creation of a daily safety clinical huddle which addresses potential
“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient
Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events
and surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said
Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud
these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment
to delivering high-quality care.”
On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all
hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals
performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators
evaluated by Healthgrades.
During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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).
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 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence
Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR
data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for
Medicare patients only.