ONTARIO, Calif., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Healthcare has achieved national recognition by having more 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients than any other health system in the country. Twenty Prime Healthcare hospitals achieved this honor, including all 15 California hospitals. Prime Healthcare, based in Ontario, CA, operates 42 hospitals in 14 states and is the fifth largest for profit health system in the United States.
"The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to improve patient safety, but to outperform expectations in the prevention of adverse safety incidents," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. "We applaud Prime Healthcare and their 20 recipient hospitals for their performance, having more recipients than any other system in the nation speaks to Prime's organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care."
The distinction places the Prime Healthcare hospitals among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Hospitals were evaluated based on the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 14 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This Healthgrades designation recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.
"I am very proud of our clinicians and staff for their tireless efforts to deliver exceptional care that ensures the safety and wellbeing of every patient," said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare. "We are humbled to receive this award that recognizes Prime Healthcare's commitment to delivering the highest quality of care. This is what all patients and community members deserve."
According to Healthgrades, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
44.2% 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 catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
"Prime Healthcare is unique as a physician-founded and physician-led organization that allows doctors to lead the delivery of quality care throughout a patient's experience," said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Prime Healthcare Division I. "This model ensures that the highest standard of evidence-based, safe and effective care is provided to every patient and has allowed us to provide award-winning care that is nationally recognized. We are grateful to be able to provide care that saves lives and serves communities."
Prime Healthcare hospitals receiving the award are: Chino Valley Medical Center – Chino, CA; Centinela Hospital Medical Center – Inglewood, CA; La Palma Intercommunity Hospital – La Palma, CA; Shasta Regional Medical Center –Redding, CA; Alvarado Hospital Medical Center – San Diego, CA; Desert Valley Hospital – Victorville, CA; Harlingen Medical Center – Harlingen, TX; West Anaheim Medical Center – Anaheim, CA; Encino Hospital Medical Center – Encino, CA; Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center – Garden Grove, CA; Glendora Hospital Community Center – Glendora, CA; Huntington Beach Hospital – Huntington Beach, CA; Montclair Hospital Medical Center – Montclair, CA; Paradise Valley Hospital – National City, CA; San Dimas Community Hospital – San Dimas, CA; Sherman Oaks Hospital – Sherman Oaks, CA; Garden City Hospital – Garden City, MI; Saint Clare's Hospital – Denville, NJ; East Liverpool City Hospital – East Liverpool, OH; Roxborough Memorial Hospital – Philadelphia, PA.
During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety 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).
About Prime Healthcare Services and Foundation: Prime Healthcare Services is an award-winning national hospital system with 42 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 42,000 jobs in 14 states. Eleven of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in thecountry, Prime Healthcare is committed to ensuring access to quality healthcare. It has been recognized as among the "100 Top Hospitals" in the nation 36 times and among the "15 Top Health Systems" three times, and is the only "10 Top Health System" west of the Mississippi. Numerous hospitals have been recognized annually by The Joint Commission as among the "Top Performers on Key Quality Measures" in 2015.For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com