Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award for the third year in a row—a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. The distinction places SMH among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Saline Memorial Hospital is 1 of only 3 hospitals in Arkansas to Achieve the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 3 or more years in a row and to be named among the Top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety.

“This is a trend that directly reflects our team’s commitment to patient safety,” said Bob Trautman, SMH CEO. “We’re really proud of this award—not just because of the recognition, but because it shows we’re serious about patient care and providing the best outcomes for our patients.”

On average, 133,896 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2011 from 2013, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 53.6% 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.
  • 47.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 43.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

 “We commend Saline Memorial Hospital and all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award.  This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.

 During the study period (2011-2013), Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety 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). 

 “This is exciting for our team and we will continue to strive for the best outcome for every patient we serve,” said Trautman.

Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) is a full-service, 177-bed non-profit community hospital that has served Saline County and the surrounding areas for more than 59 years. Located in Benton, Arkansas, SMH provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including but not limited to, cardiology, women’s services, bariatric surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, adult and geriatric psychiatry, hospice and home health, sleep disorders and wound care. Although the main campus is in Benton, SMH also manages a general surgery clinic, internal medicine/afterhours clinic and two women’s clinics located throughout the county. For more information, visit

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