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Women’s & Children’s Receives National Recognition for Patient Safety

Women’s & Children’s Hospital is a recipient of the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades®, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The recognition places Women’s & Children’s among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for superior performance in preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients.

“We are thrilled to achieve this distinction – not because it’s another accolade for the quality care we provide, but because of what it means to our patients,” said Kathy Bobbs, Women’s & Children’s president and CEO. “It means the hard work and dedication of our team has saved lives and improved care, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

During the 2013-2015 study period, 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 for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6 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.
  • 54.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades’ chief medical officer. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the report, www.Healthgrades.com/quality.

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