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Providence Hospitals Ranked Among Top 5% for Patient Safety

May 22, 2012

Spokane, WA—Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital have received the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating their patient safety ratings are ranked among the top 5% of U.S. hospitals.

In a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals, Sacred Heart is the only hospital in Washington to be a recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the ninth consecutive year. Holy Family is a seven-year recipient of the award.

The study finds that Medicare patients at Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were almost 48% less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5% in the nation. If all hospitals performed at the level of distinction as Sacred Heart and Holy Family, approximately 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 deaths among Medicare patients could be avoided.

To identify the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. Participation in the HealthGrades study is not voluntary, and hospitals cannot choose to opt out of the analysis.

“From improving communication to implementing protocols to make surgery safer, hospitals are working harder to reduce preventable patient safety events. The results of these efforts are clear among this year’s HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, vice president of hospital quality programs at HealthGrades and author of the study. “Hospitals like Providence Sacred Heart and Holy Family are not only setting the bar for high standards of patient safety but also serving as an example for other hospitals.”

HealthGrades used Medicare inpatient data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades analyzes the following patient safety events for this study:

  • Death in procedures where mortality is usually very low
  • Pressure or bed sores acquired in hospital
  • Death following a serious complication after surgery
  • Foreign object left in body during a procedure
  • Collapsed lung due to procedure or surgery in or around chest
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at hospital
  • Hip fracture following surgery
  • Hemorrhage or hematoma resulting from procedure or surgery
  • Electrolyte and fluid imbalance following surgery
  • Respiratory failure following surgery
  • Deep blood clots in lungs or legs following surgery
  • Sepsis following surgery
  • Breakdown of abdominal incision site

More information on HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and the ratings methodology is available at HealthGrades.com.