Saline Memorial Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award — Ranks Top 5% in the Nation
Saline Memorial Hospital announced today 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. The distinction places Saline Memorial Hospital among the top 5 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. Saline Memorial is also one of only two hospitals in the state of Arkansas to achieve this distinction!
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 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.
“We are excited to once again receive this award for top patient safety,” said Bob Trautman, Saline Memorial Hospital CEO. “Providing quality, safe care is our goal for EVERY patient. This recognition reflects the dedication and persistence of our amazing team who work hard every day to care for our patients and their families.”
“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.”
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About Saline Memorial Hospital
Located in Benton, AR, Saline Memorial Hospital has served the community for more than 60 years earning national recognition for its quality of care. As a 177-bed, community hospital and one of the largest employers in Saline County. Saline Memorial Hospital provides a wide range of services including cardiology, surgical services, would healing, hospice and home health, bariatric surgery, women’s services, diagnostic imaging and much more.
1Statistics 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.