Hospital Earns Patient Safety Excellence Award

Calvert Memorial has received the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, placing it in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for preventing patients from serious complications during hospital stays.

“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 of Healthgrades.

CMH was one of 467 hospitals in the country recognized for excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“This type of recognition means so much,” said CMH President and CEO Dean Teague, “because it shows that our focus on patient safety and quality care is making a positive difference.”

Teague went on to add, “I am so proud of our entire team. They work hard every day to provide the best possible care for each patient and that includes keeping them safe.”

According to Susan Dohony, chief quality officer at CMH, the hospital has dedicated resources and teams that are passionate about reducing patient harm. “Our staff are empowered and encouraged to report any safety related concerns or ideas to improve patient safety,” she said.

“These suggestions are evaluated and any opportunities for improvement are enacted with staff input,” Dohony added. “Lessons learned are shared across the organization so that similar errors or events are not repeated.”

Healthgrades found that Patient Safety Award recipients performed higher than non-recipients during the study period (2011-2013) in safeguarding Medicare patients, as measured by objective outcomes for 13 indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

These indicators included various complications that might occur after surgery or incidents related to medical care such as an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure and pressure or bed sores acquired in the hospital.

According to Healthgrades, over 133,000 patient safety events could have been avoided from 2011 to 2013 if all hospitals nationwide performed similar to the award recipients on each of the 13 patient safety indicators.