Hospital is among the top 10% of short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data
POMONA, Calif., — Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places PVHMC among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
During the study period (2015 to 2017), 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 (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
“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,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
“Safe, high-quality patient care is our top priority,” said Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President and CEO. “This recognition demonstrates our Associates’ and Physicians’ unwavering commitment to ensuring patient safety.”
Over the last several years, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has invested in patient safety through various initiatives including:
· Patient safety culture training for Associates and Physicians;
· Adding a pharmacy robotics system to enhance safety; and
· Implementing “Provider on Arrival” at triage in the Emergency Department, where an emergency medicine physician quickly assesses the patient for level of care required and immediacy of need for treatment.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:
55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*
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*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
About Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC), a nationally recognized and accredited 412-bed, not-for-profit community medical center and trauma center, proudly serves residents in eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties. PVHMC’s accolades include The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for advanced certification in inpatient diabetes care, palliative care, sepsis, perinatal care and total joint replacement. It is also the only hospital in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties to receive all three Healthgrades® Women’s Care Five Star Excellence Awards™ for its exemplary work providing women with labor and delivery, gynecologic surgery and obstetrics and gynecology care. As the largest birthing hospital in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, PVHMC is honored to hold the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation. The Hospital is among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals in the United States to receive the Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award. For more information, visit pvhmc.org.