Alvarado Hospital is the
only hospital in the city of San Diego to garner the Healthgrades 2017 Patient
Safety Excellence Award™, putting it in the top 5% in the nation
for patient safety. This is the third year Alvarado has achieved this
The Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizes superior performance
in hospitals that have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications
for patients during hospital stays, according to Healthgrades, the leading
online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“At Alvarado, we are committed to patient safety at every level and
this recognition is a testament to our team’s dedication to keeping
our patients safe,” said Robin Gomez, Alvarado Hospital CEO. “We
are proud to provide this superior level of safety to San Diegans.”
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.
“Part of our annual performance improvement is to have each department
come up with patient-safety goals that they are held accountable for,”
said Sacha Ridgway, interim performance improvement director. “Since
implementing this, we have ranked in the top 5% in the nation for patient
“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient
Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events
and 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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