Study: Memorial Hospital Among Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Study: Memorial Hospital Among Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Memorial Hospital was identified as a recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals. In a study released by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, Memorial Hospital is one of only 263 hospitals in the country to receive this designation.HealthGrades 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award

The study finds that Medicare patients at Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were almost 48 percent less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5 percent in the nation. If all hospitals performed at Memorial Hospital’s level of distinction, approximately 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 deaths among Medicare patients could have been avoided.

To identify the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. Participation in the HealthGrades study is not voluntary, and hospitals cannot choose to opt out of the analysis.

“At Memorial, we strive to continuously examine and re-examine the ways we can provide the safest care possible to the patients who trust us for their medical care,” says Connie McCahill, R.N., chief safety officer, Memorial Hospital. “As a community-owned hospital, we have an important responsibility to uphold patient safety as one of our primary concerns. For this reason, we have infused a culture of safety into every step of the patient experience, from pre-admission to discharge.”

“Hospitals like Memorial Hospital are not only setting the bar for high standards of patient safety but also serving as an example for other hospitals,” says Kristin Reed, MPH, vice president of hospital quality programs at HealthGrades and author of the study.

HealthGrades uses Medicare inpatient data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database and Patient Safety Indicator software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to calculate event rates for 13 indicators of patient safety for all of the nation’s hospitals. All analysis was based on data from 2008 to 2010. These indicators identify the best-performing hospitals, which represent the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals and are this year’s HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients. HealthGrades developed this award to give patients more information about choosing a hospital.

HealthGrades analyzes the following patient safety events for this study:

  • Death in procedures where mortality is usually very low
  • Pressure or bed sores acquired in hospital
  • Death following a serious complication after surgery
  • Foreign object left in body during a procedure
  • Collapsed lung due to procedure or surgery in or around chest
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at hospital
  • Hip fracture following surgery
  • Hemorrhage or hematoma resulting from procedure or surgery
  • Electrolyte and fluid imbalance following surgery
  • Respiratory failure following surgery
  • Deep blood clots in lungs or legs following surgery
  • Sepsis following surgery
  • Breakdown of abdominal incision site

More information on HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and the ratings methodology is available at the HealthGrades web site.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a community-owned, 526-bed hospital located in South Bend, Indiana. Memorial has been a leader in providing care to northern Indiana and southeast Michigan, for more than 100 years, and is guided by a mission to improve quality of life. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, the region’s only children’s hospital, primary physician care, urgent care, home care, educational programs and community outreach. Recently, Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital affiliated under Beacon Health System. Elkhart General Hospital has also been named one of the top 5% in the nation for patient safety.