La Palma, CA (May 8, 2018) – La Palma Intercommunity Hospital announced
today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that
have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications
for patients during hospital stays.
La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is among seven prestigious hospitals in
Orange County that were recognized for patient safety. La Palma Intercommunity
Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, and Prime Healthcare has more
Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for three consecutive years
(2016-2018) than any other health system in the country.
“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018
Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical
Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing
safe care creates tangible results for patients.”
The distinction places La Palma Intercommunity Hospital among the top 10
percent of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for
its excellent performance as evaluated by
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians
“This achievement highlights the collective effort of our dedicated
team's commitment towards patient care and safety. We understand the
critical role patient safety plays in our health systems and we are proud
to show the community that their safety is our primary focus,” said
Edward Mirzabegian, CEO.
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients
treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were,
- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 52.4 percent 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 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
During the study period (2014 to 2016), 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 (AHRQ).
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.
“Patient Safety is top priority for us here at La Palma. It is highly
emphasized, through education and leadership rounding, to all employees,
not just a specific person or particular unit. Our safery awards are a
result of the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of the entire staff,”
said Hilda Manzo-Luna, CNO.
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About La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
Founded in 1972, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare,
is a 140-bed acute-care facility dedicated to providing the community
with high-quality, compassionate healthcare. Established as a not-for-profit
organization in 2015, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is the recipient
of more than 72 Healthgrades recognitions of excellence in eight areas
since 2014. Key services include general medical/surgical inpatient care
and treatment, critical care, emergency services, behavioral health, orthopedics,
maternity care, and wound care. For more information visit lapalmaintercommunityhospital.com.
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.