SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., April 5, 2017 – Sherman Oaks Hospital today announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. This marks the fourth year in a row that Sherman Oaks Hosptial has received this distinction and places it among the top 5% 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 and hospitals.
"We are proud to be recognized with Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row, as Patient Safety remains a top priority for the hosptial," said Bockhi Park, Chief Executive Officer, Sherman Oaks Hospital. "Through continued attention to detail, evaluation and communication among our medical staff and clinical teams, Sherman Oaks Hosptial is able to ensure that patients have positive, healthy outcomes during their stay."
During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 44.6% 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.
- 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
"Hospitals that have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care."
On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.
During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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).
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