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Prime Healthcare achieves excellence in patient safety two years in a row

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Prime Healthcare achieves excellence in patient safety two years in a row

More than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades

(Ontario, CA – April 11, 2017) – Prime Healthcare announced that 18 of its hospitals are recipients of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have provided exceptional care and prevented the occurrence of complications for patients during hospital stays.

This recognition means that Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for two consecutive years (2016-2017) than any other health system in the country.

“With 18 Prime Healthcare hospitals achieving this award, the health system has demonstrated exceptional performance that has been sustained over time. We applaud Prime Healthcare for its ongoing organizational commitment to delivering quality care,” said William R. Wyatt, Ph.D., M.Sc., VP, Data Science, Healthgrades.

The distinction places the achieving Prime Healthcare hospitals among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“I am proud of our hospitals and all those involved in earning this national recognition two years in a row,” said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President & CEO of Prime Healthcare. “This achievement is a testament to Prime Healthcare’s dedication to providing the highest quality, care.”

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 hospitals.
  • 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.

“Thank you to all our clinical teams, physicians and leaders, and those who support our

clinicians, for achieving this honor again this year,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical

Officer for Prime Healthcare’s Division I hospitals. “Delivering safe, high-quality healthcare

with compassion to each patient, every step of the way is what our patients and families deserve.

This award is one more example of the importance and commitment that Prime Healthcare has

made to safety, quality, and most importantly, our patients."

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 in 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


The 18 hospitals in Prime Healthcare to receive the award are: Alvarado Hospital Medical

Center, San Diego, CA; Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, CA; Centinela Hospital

Medical Center, Inglewood, CA; Sherman Oaks Hospital, Sherman Oaks, CA; Encino Hospital

Medical Center, Encino, CA; West Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim, CA; Chino Valley

Medical Center, Chino, CA; Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove, CA; La

Palma Intercommunity Hospital, La Palma, CA; Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Montclair,

CA; Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding, CA; Providence Medical Center, Kansas City,

KS; Garden City Hospital, Garden City, MI; Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV;

Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, RI;

Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Harlingen Medical Center, Harlingen, TX.

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