Roxborough, PA |July 18, 2019 – Roxborough Memorial Hospital announced
today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence
AwardTM. This distinction places Roxborough among the top 5% of all short-term
acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades,
the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 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
14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ).
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient
Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipient
hospitals, on average*:
• 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care.
• 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure
or surgery in or around the chest.
• 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital.
• 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of
award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667
patient safety events could have been avoided. *
“Patients are our top priority at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. We
are proud of this award because it highlights our focus and commitment
to patient safety and the well-being of all who enter our hospital,”
said Nicole Alerding RN, MSN, Performance Improvement Director, Patient
Safety Officer. “We have implemented initiatives to improve quality
and enhance patient satisfaction including : An aggressive process for
early identification and treatment of severe infections proven to improve
outcomes; a commitment to patient engagement by introducing patients to
their care team and sharing information at bedside during shift changes
and department transfers; and a daily safety huddle as well as weekly
quality meetings to review day-to-day activities regarding current needs
of patients and staff.”
“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades
Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals
that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications,
for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD,
Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals
and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and
Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical
specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through
2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
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