Palms West Hospital recently announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This distinction places the hospital among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.
During the study period (2016 through 2018), Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes — risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates — for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average, 48.3 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 a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals; 66.8 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals; and 63 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.
“On our journey toward excellence always, we have made it a priority to provide safe, high quality care to our patients,” Palms West Hospital CEO Joshua DeTillio said. “Our clinical teams, and the staff that supports them, have been diligent in their efforts to follow best practices that cultivate a culture of patient safety. The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award is a testament to their hard work, and we are proud of them.”
Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Bowman congratulated the hospital on its award.
“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” Bowman said. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”
Palms West Hospital is a 204-bed acute care full service facility combining high-quality, patient-driven care and state-of-the-art technology to serve residents of Palm Beach County and beyond. Learn more at www.palmswesthospital.com.