Five Georgia hospitals have been recognized by Healthgrades as representatives of the top 10% hospitals in the country for patient safety.
“Patient safety ratings evaluate the safety and quality of care at a hospital by measuring the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occurred in the hospital,” Healthgrades reported in its patient safety ranking methodology.
“To evaluate hospital patient safety, Healthgrades uses inpatient data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) file and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications and AHRQ WinQI software (version 2022.0.1 ICD-10-CM/PCS January 2022). We analyze 14 AHRQ-defined patient safety indicators (PSIs), each of which represents a serious, potentially preventable complication.”
Hospitals have to meet a number of standards simply to be eligible for the award.
“To be eligible for the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a hospital must meet clinical quality thresholds, have zero occurrences of PSI Foreign Object Left During Surgery or Procedure, and have data on at least seven out of eight core PSIs,” Healthgrades reported.
A total 69% of patients would definitely recommend Calhoun’s Adventhealth Gordon, 1% less than the national average. After earning the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2023, the hospital has now been recognized by Healthgrades for excellence for three years running. In 2021, Adventhealth Gordon also earned the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award.
Cartersville Medical Center took home two different Healthgrades awards this year, having earned the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. A total 68% of patients gave the hospital a rating of 9 out of 10, while 63% of patients said they would definitely recommend the health care organization.
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
Jasper’s Piedmont Mountainside Hospital has been recognized for the Patient Safety Excellence Award for three years running and was rated 9 out of 10 by a whopping 73% of patients.
Rome’s Adventhealth Redmond earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the second time this year, as well as America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award.
Memorial Health University Medical Center
Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center is a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award winner, as well as a America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award for two years running.
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