Alvarado Hospital Medical Center has been recognized by two national quality
ratings organizations for excellence in patient safety.
The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 awards, announced earlier this month, handed Alvarado Hospital
Hospital Safety Grade. The hospital is also a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety
Excellence Award™. Leapfrog’s ‘A’ rating is in
recognition of Alvarado Hospital’s superior efforts and results
in providing safe care for its patients. Similarly, the
Healthgrades award places Alvarado among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals
reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades. This marks
the fifth consecutive year that Healthgrades has awarded Alvarado Hospital
this distinction (2015-2019).
Alvarado Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s
largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare
has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for four consecutive
years (2016-2019) than any other health system in the country.
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization committed to improving
health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, awards "Safety
Grades" to hospitals around the nation on an A-F scale, based on
their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections
and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an
accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah
Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that
earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients
from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders,
board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available
hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care
hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology
is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrate
excellent performance in safety provided 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). According to Healthgrades,
patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence
Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipient hospitals, on average*:
- 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care.
- 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest.
- 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
- 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired
at the hospital.
“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades
Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals
that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications,
for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD,
Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals
and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
“Patient safety is our mantra,” explains Robin Gomez, CEO of
Alvarado Hospital. “There are some things that we cannot control
in our industry, so we concentrate on things we can, like the quality
of care we deliver, and the well-being of the patients we take care of.
I’m gratified to see, once again, that our efforts are being lauded
by such distinguished organizations such as The Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades.
I’m so proud of our hospital!”
Full details about Alvarado Hospital’s
Leapfrog award can be seen
here, and background on
Healthgrades’ rating methodology can be seen
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and
Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical
specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through
2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.