Southcoast Health named one of Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award Recipients

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Southcoast Health today announced it has been identified as a recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, ranking in the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. in patient safety by HealthGrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“At Southcoast Health, we provide our patients with the safest and highest quality care available anywhere in this country,” said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health. “Providing the safest environment possible for our patients across all Southcoast services and facilities is our constant focus. I am very proud of the great work our employees are doing day in and day out to accomplish this mission.”

In a new study released by Healthgrades, Southcoast Health was listed as one of just seven hospitals in Massachusetts and the only hospital in the South Coast region to receive the prestigious Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.

“I am happy that our constant attention to providing quality care has been reflected in this award,” said Dr. Robert Caldas, Chief Medical Officer of Southcoast Hospitals Group. “This achievement is the result of the contributions from all members of our healthcare team who work collaboratively to provide safe quality care.”

During the study period (2011-2013), Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety 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).

“We commend all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Safety Excellence Award. This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.

On average, 133,896 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2011 from 2013, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.