Prime has more Patient Safety Excellence Awards for four consecutive years
than any other health system in the nation
Prime Healthcare, with 34 hospitals awarded the
Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award for excellence in clinical care, has more
Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for four consecutive years (2016-2019) than any other health
system in the country.
"We commend Prime Healthcare for their commitment to creating a robust
culture of safety, and standing true to their mission of saving hospitals,
saving jobs and saving lives," said Rob Draughon, CEO, Healthgrades.
The designation places 26 Prime Healthcare hospitals in the top 5% in the
nation for exceptional performance, with the remaining eight in the top
10%, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information
about physicians and hospitals.
"Prime Healthcare has made patient safety an integral part of the
culture at every one of our hospitals, and we are grateful to our physicians,
nurses, and staff for achieving this recognition," said Sunny Bhatia,
MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. "We are extremely
proud that more than 80 percent of our eligible hospitals have been recognized
nationally for advancing patient safety through leadership, technology,
staff training, and patient education. This attention to quality patient
care is what all communities deserve."
"We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the
best possible care for every patient," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief
Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "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
In addition, Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award
recipients in California than any other health system. The 13 hospitals
to receive the recognition in the state are: Huntington Beach Hospital,
Paradise Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove
Hospital Medical Center, West Anaheim Medical Center, La Palma Intercommunity
Hospital, Chino Valley Medical Center, San Dimas Community Hospital, Centinela
Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical
Center, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, and Shasta Regional Medical Center.
The remaining award-winning hospitals are: Riverview Regional Medical Center
(AL), Lehigh Regional Medical Center (FL), Monroe Hospital (IN), Providence
Medical Center (KS), Lake Huron Medical Center and Garden City Hospital
(MI), St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center (MO),
Saint Michael's Medical Center and Saint Clare's Denville Hospital
(NJ), North Vista Hospital and Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
(NV), East Liverpool City Hospital (OH), Lower Bucks Hospital, Suburban
Community Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital (PA), Landmark Medical
Center (RI), Dallas Medical Center, Dallas Regional Medical Center, Mission
Regional Medical Center, and Knapp Medical Center (TX).
During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety
Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated superior safety performance
for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes
(risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates), using 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
- 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.
Prime Healthcare consistently earns top marks for its clinical quality.
Prime Healthcare's hospitals received more than 200 awards in 2019
from Healthgrades. Also, this spring, 18 Prime Hospitals earned the highest
marks for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. Prime Healthcare and
its hospitals have been recognized among the "100 Top Hospitals"
in the nation 47 times by IBM Watson Health.