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Roxborough Memorial Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

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Roxborough Memorial Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM


Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Director Marketing, and Communications


Roxborough Memorial Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Roxborough Memorial Hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Philadelphia, PA (06/24/2020)– Roxborough Memorial Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Roxborough Memorial Hospital among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for five consecutive years (2016-2020) than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

“Roxborough Memorial Hospital staff are focused on enhancing patient experience and outcomes. We are proud of this earned accomplishment as it represents an overall safer and better experience for patients,” said Matt Shelak, CEO of Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “Our hospital has a 130-year history in Roxborough and the surrounding region, and we are committed to delivering care that is among the best in the nation. This recognition is validation of why our patients choose Roxborough Memorial Hospital.”

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

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

  • 48.3% 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% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Patient safety has always been a top priority at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, and this most recent recognition underscores the continued commitment of our employees, nurses and physicians to serve our community with the highest level of quality care," says Kelly Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital has received numerous awards and recognitions. Some of their Quality Achievements include:

  • Leapfrog Safety Grade “A” 2018-2019
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award 2015-2020
  • Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart Attack 2017-2019
  • Five Star Recipient, Treatment of Heart Failure 2017-2019
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
  • Imaging services accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • Patient Safety Achievement Award honoring excellence and innovation in health care from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

These accolades are a direct result of our commitment to clinical excellence and a unique physician-led model of healthcare delivery.

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 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


About Roxborough Memorial Hospital- Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 131-bed community hospital. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. Roxborough Memorial Hospitals School of Nursing has been educating nurses since 1898. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.