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Healthgrades Names Encino Hospital Medical Center A 2022 Patient Safety Award™ Recipient

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Healthgrades Names Encino Hospital Medical Center A 2022 Patient Safety Award™ Recipient

Encino, CA (March 15, 2022) – Encino Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Encino Hospital Medical Center among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

Prime Healthcare has more patient safety excellence awards for seven years in a row than any other health system (2016-2022), according to Healthgrades.

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Encino Hospital Medical Center as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

“Encino Hospital Medical Center continuously demonstrates a safe, outstanding quality of care with an exceptional patient experience, each and every time, to those we serve,” said EM V. Garcia, Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer of Encino Hospital Medical Center. “This award validates – for the third year in a row – the exemplary care our staff highlights their hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety of our patients. Earning the Patient Safety Excellence Award is a validation of our outstanding efforts and contributions to the community that we serve. We are extremely proud of all of our physicians, nurses, and support staff who helped us be recognized in the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for safety,” Garcia added. “This recognition by Healthgrades is a positive reflection of our hospital's shared commitment to keeping our patients and the community safe in providing exceptional patient care and experience.”

During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in hospital. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ were, on average:

  • 55.8% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 52.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 66.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 65.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*

When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it's important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award Recipients, on average, 100,189 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

Consumers can visit healthgrades.com for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represents 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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About Encino Hospital Medical Center

Not-for-Profit Encino Hospital Medical Center, part of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, is a 150-bed state-of-the-art hospital located in Encino, California. Its multi-disciplinary staff consists of 330 physicians and 520 professional support staff. Encino Hospital Medical Center serves a diverse population and incorporates elements of urban and suburban medicine in a caring environment. It offers a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is consistently at the forefront in providing innovative and integrated healthcare. For more information, visit: www.encinomed.org