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McLaren Bay Region Receives Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for Second Consecutive Year

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

McLaren Bay Region announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.  The distinction places McLaren Bay Region among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. McLaren Bay Region also received the award in 2014. 

“McLaren Bay Region has committed many resources to patient safety,” said Clarence Sevillian, President and CEO, McLaren Bay Region. “As a recipient of this prestigious award, we are proud that our ongoing efforts have been acknowledged in a national platform,” Mr. Sevillian continued.  “Our dual emphasis on clinical quality and safe patient care continues to be the mission that is embraced by our staff as a commitment to our community.”

“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. 

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).  

“Patient Safety continues to be a major and important initiative that is hardwired into our employee culture,” said Sandra Garzell, Director of Quality/Patient Care Services. “Front line staff  are empowered to take action and report any potential processes that may result in harm. This approach has made a difference with patient care.” 

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.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 53.6% 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.
  • 47.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 43.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.1

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1 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software (Version 4.6A) to MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.