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  • Written By: Laura Gilbert

Alvarado Hospital was recognized for being one of 49 hospitals nationally to have the lowest proportion of serious medical errors per hospital discharge, according to Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality (April 12, 2016).

The national average rate for the ratio of serious complications to discharges is 0.81; Alvarado Hospital was 13th on the list at 0.43. The hospitals with the lowest proportion of serious medical errors ranged from 0.37 to 0.49.

Alvarado was one of only two San Diego hospitals to be nationally recognized for the low proportion of serious medical errors.

Numbers were calculated using the Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) 90 measure, a weighted average of the reliability-adjusted observed-to-expected ratios (indirect standardization of the smoothed rates) for several patient safety indicators. PSIs are a set of indicators used to provide information on hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth, used by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The Hospital Compare data were gathered from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, the most recent data available.

The other San Diego hospital was Paradise Valley with a rate of 0.49. Paradise Valley and Alvarado hospitals are part of Prime Healthcare Services, which had four hospitals on the list.