(Dallas, TX, April 04, 2017) – Dallas Medical Center announced today
that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that
have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications
for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Dallas Medical
Center among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting
patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians
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
- 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.
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.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from such a well-known
organization such as Healthgrades,” said J.T. Barnhart, CEO of Dallas
Medical Center. “We’ve made patient safety a major focus of
ours, and we take great pride in our dedication to clinical quality and
patient care,” Barnhart continued.
“Hospitals who 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.”
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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 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.