May 22, 2013
Two MountainStar Hospitals Recognized with Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award
Salt Lake City, UT – Two MountainStar hospitals in Utah are among 379 hospitals to achieve the Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ – out of more than 4,700 evaluated hospitals across the nation. This distinction places Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful and Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem within the top 5 percent of all hospitals for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.
“It’s our mission to treat every patient like our closest loved one,” explains Marilyn Mariani, chief nursing officer at Lakeview Hospital. “We’re honored by this extraordinary recognition; especially given that it validates our collaborative and individual effort to always put patients and their safety first.”
To achieve this notable award, caregivers at both MountainStar hospitals consistently met clinical quality measures related to 14 standard patient safety indicators. They also reliably followed evidence-based care processes proven to contribute to overall health and wellbeing in hospitalized patients nationwide.
“We are humbled to be recognized by Healthgrades,” says Sandy Ewell, chief nursing officer at Timpanogos Regional Hospital. “Over the last several years, we have made patient safety and satisfaction a major priority in our hospital. This national award shows that our hard work is paying off.”
The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that effectively prevented injuries, infections and other serious conditions during a study period of 2009 through 2011. Patients hospitalized at hospitals that earned this quality award were an average of 52 percent less likely to experience safety events when compared to the lowest-performing hospitals in the country.
On average, patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were also:
- 81 percent less likely to experience hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation
- 80 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation
- 70 percent less likely to experience a catheter-related bloodstream Infection acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation
Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The Patient Safety Excellence Awards are part of Healthgrades new report, "Variation in Patient Safety Outcomes and the Importance of Being Informed." It measures how well hospitals are keeping patients safe by preventing medical errors and avoidable complications.
“The Healthgrades report highlights the variation in hospital quality, both locally and across the nation, in order to show consumers that spending time on understanding hospital performance can be a matter of life and death,” said Healthgrades EVP Informatics and Strategy, Evan Marks. “Consumers can be assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.”
During the 2013 study period (2009-2011), Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals achieved better-than-expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population. Each hospital’s performance was measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 most common patient safety indicators, as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.