Covenant Medical Center achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The following is a news release from Covenant Health:

Covenant Health would like to announce Covenant Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. The distinction places CMC among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 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 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence  Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients’ hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*“We are extremely proud of being recognized by Healthgrades as being in the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals nationally for Patient Safety Excellence,” Chief Medical Officer for Covenant Health Dr. Craig Rhyne said. “Our physicians and nurses have worked diligently to provide an environment of safe medical care that fulfills our promise to patients to know them, care for them, and to ease their way. This recognition from Healthgrades confirms that we are reaching the goals of our promise.” 

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only

(News release from Covenant Health)

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