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Four California Prospect Medical Hospitals Named Among Top 5% In Nation For Patient Safety


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Four Prospect Medical hospitals in Southern California were ranked among the top 5% in the nation for patient safety by Healthgrades. The hospitals are Southern California Hospital at Culver CitySouthern California Hospital at HollywoodLos Angeles Community Hospital and Norwalk Community Hospital.

“We are committed to providing quality clinical care in a safe environment and this external recognition reinforces our dedication to our patients’ healthcare,” said Don Kreitz, senior vice president of California Hospitals, Alta Hospitals. “This achievement is significant to the communities we serve in Los Angeles.”

The 2018 “Patient Safety Excellence Award” is a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays, according to Healthgrades. The distinction places these Prospect Medical hospitals among the top 5% of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for their excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades.

“Our staff and physicians are honored to be recognized among the top 5% in the nation, and we will continue to reinforce this commitment to our patients through ongoing training,” Kreitz added. “Nothing is more important than the safe care of our patients.”

During the 2014-2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 55.6% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 52.4% 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
  • 62.8 % less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 54.3% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals[1]

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades chief medical officer. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.”

If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014 to 2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.

During the study period, Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In addition to the Patient Safety Excellence Award, these four Prospect Medical hospitals also were recognized with 14 awards for Five-Star treatment and care in cardiac, pulmonary, GI, appendectomy, critical care and orthopedics. For complete list of awards, visit PMH/newsroom.

To see all of Prospect Medical’s quality awards, click here. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies, as well as access the recently released Patient Sentiment Report  from Healthgrades and MGMA, which analyzed nearly 7 million online patient reviews and reveals what patients say about their physicians.

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.