Ranks in Top 5 Percent Nationwide for Patient Safety
KANSAS CITY, JUNE 26, 2020 - St. Joseph Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient
Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places St. Joseph Medical Center among the top 5 % 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.
St. Joseph Medical Center is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates
45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence
Award recipients for five consecutive years (2016-2020) than any other
health system in the country, according to Healthgrades.
“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety
is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare
options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.
“We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence
Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”
During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 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 (AHRQ). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During
a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not
have an expected rate.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient
Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:
- 48.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than
patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 63% 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. *
“Our ranking in the top 5 percent in the nation is one more indicator
of the safety and top-tier care that patients can expect at St. Joseph
Medical Center,” says Jodi Fincher, CEO. “Our additional numerous
protocols and precautions we have enacted during this time, along with
our extremely dedicated hospital staff who makes inpatient care management
their highest priority every day is reflected yet again in this latest
hospital quality methodologies.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and
Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical
specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through
2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
About St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center is a CMS 5 Star, faith-based, 274-bed hospital
providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services. Key services
include the Senior Care Services, St. Joseph Heart Institute, Joint and
Spine Institute, and Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. St.
Joseph is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading
hospital systems for clinical excellence.
Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100
Top Hospitals” in the nation 38 times and among the “15 Top
Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top
10 Health System" west of the Mississippi. We believe that continuous,
quality of care and performance improvements are the foundation for preserving
and enhancing healthcare delivery. For more information, visit stjosephkc.com.