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St. Mary’s Medical Center Named In the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

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St. Mary’s Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, recently was named among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety in 2021 and was also the recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row and named among the top 10% in the nation for Patient Safety for 4 years in a row, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. *

Healthgrades’ analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2018 through 2020, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,141 lives could potentially have been saved, and complications in 156,050 patients could potentially have been avoided. *

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades.

Lorie Herrman MSN, RN NEA-BC, CPAN, Chief Nursing Officer, commented. “We are excited and very proud to receive this recognition on behalf of our staff. She added, “This national honor reflects the strong dedication of staff to provide excellent care.”

St. Mary’s Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • 5-star rated for Pacemaker Procedures for 3 years in row
  • 5-star rated for Gallbladder Removal Surgery in 2022
  • 5-star rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2022
  • 5-star rated for Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies in 2022

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/ratings-awards/methodology