ENCINO, Calif., April 5, 2017 – Encino Hospital Medical Center today announced that it is a recipient of
the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that
have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients
during hospital stays. This marks the second year in a row that Encino
Hospital Medical Center has received this distinction and places it among
the top 5% of all acute-care hospitals reporting patient safety data for
its excellent performance, as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online
resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“We are honored to have achieved this recognition for patient safety
from Healthgrades for the second year running,” said Bockhi Park,
Chief Executive Officer, Encino Hospital Medical Center. “Our hospital
is committed to providing exceptional medical care and performance. We
have worked hard in creating an environment that allows our doctors, clinicians
and staff to direct healthcare at every level while making patient safety
a top priority.”
During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated
in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during
a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 44.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence
Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR
data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for
Medicare patients only.
“Hospitals that 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, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud
these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment
to delivering high-quality care.”
On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all
hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals
performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators
evaluated by Healthgrades.
During the study period (2013-2015), 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 (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient
safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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