Lakeview Hospital has received the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ according to the most recent Healthgrades® evaluation. Lakeview Hospital is among 460 short-term, acute care hospitals in Utah to accomplish this notable recognition. The distinction places Lakeview in the top 10 percent nationwide. This award acknowledges how effectively patients are protected from serious and potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. For the fifth consecutive year, Lakeview Hospital accomplished the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. It was also recognized with a Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ and Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for the fifth year in a row. Lakeview Hospital is also among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in 2017 for the seventh time overall.
“The credit for this recognition belongs to our teams who choose on a daily basis, with each and every patient, to rise above mediocrity and refuse to settle for being average. We strive to provide our patients with the care we would want our closest loved one to receive,” explains Bernadette Waldrop, Assistant Administrator over Patient Quality and Risk at Lakeview Hospital. “In doing so, we gain the advantage of a combined cumulative effort that produces superior results for our patients and our community, and we appreciate the trust they place in us to care for them.” During the 2013-2015 study period, 279,376 potentially preventable patient safety events took place among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals. In its most recent evaluation of hospitals reporting patient safety data, Healthgrades found that patients treated at hospitals achieving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.0 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 44.6 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.
- 54.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 50.2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
“Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”
An average of 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly during the study period to hospitals performing better-than-expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades. The organization determines Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients through its evaluation of the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for patient safety indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.