Patient safety is a top priority for Corridor-based Dallas Medical Center
(DMC), who was recently recognized for its outstanding work when it received
the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. This puts
DMC in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient safety!
Additionally, DMC was a five-star recipient for the following procedures/conditions
in 2019: appendectomy, treatment of sepsis, treatment of GI bleed and
“We are honored to have received the Healthgrades Patient Safety
Excellence Award!” said Ruben Garza, CEO of DMC. “Patient
safety is our top priority, and we all work very hard to make sure our
patients receive the best care possible. At Dallas Medical Center, we
set the bar high, and this award lets us know we’re meeting and
exceeding our goals. I’d like to thank all of our staff and medical
provider, because without them, our hospital would not be what it is today.”
Healthgrades is one of the most recognized review organizations in the healthcare field.
They work to provide trusted information that helps consumers and providers
make meaningful connections. A five-star rating from Healthgrades indicates
that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly
better than expected when treating the condition of performing the procedure
During the study period from 2015 to 2017, the 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 for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), according to a recent
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient
Safety Excellence Award were on average:
- 9 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care,
- 9 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure
or surgery in or around the chest,
- 4 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital, and
- 57 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital.
If all hospitals in the country performed at the level of DMC and other
Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients, then 127,667 patient safety
events could have been avoided.
“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,” stated Brad Bowman, MD,
Chief Medical Officer for Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals
and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
Dallas Medical Center is a full-service acute care hospital. Its main campus
includes a 155-bed hospital and four medical plazas and offers medical
and surgical in-patient stays, outpatient surgery, 24-hour emergency care,
diagnostic radiology and laboratory, internal medicine and family practice.
Congratulations to DMC for winning this prestigious award!