Alvarado Hospital Medical Center announced that it is a recipient of the
Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that
have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications
for patients during hospital stays.
Alvarado is the only hospital in the city of San Diego to receive this
recognition four years in a row (2015-2018). Alvarado Hospital is a member
of Prime Healthcare, and Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence
Award recipients for three consecutive years (2016-2018) than any other
health system in the country.
“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018
Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical
Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing
safe care creates tangible results for patients.”
The distinction places Alvarado among the top five percent 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
“Patient safety is preached throughout Prime Healthcare, and we have
taken that philosophy to heart here at Alvarado Hospital,” says
Robin Gomez, Alvarado CEO. “Excelling at patient safety is a holistic
thing: if the patients are kept well while in our care, that means we
are excelling at all of the other aspects of patient care.”
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients
treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were,
- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 52.4 percent 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
- 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 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).
If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for
each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014 to
2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.
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 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence
Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical
Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through
2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.