Adventist Medical Center is in the top 5% of Hospitals Nationally for Patient Safety

HealthGrades Patient Safety Award Adventist Medical Center (AMC) has received the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This award means that we're in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals for patient safety.

This distinction is in large part due  to the efforts to enhance communication between patients and caregivers.

The HealthGrades study found that Medicare patients at hospitals in the top 5% are almost 48% less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5%. It is estimated that if all hospitals performed at this level that 254,000 patient safety incidents and 56,367 deaths among Medicare patients could have been avoided across the country.

"Adventist Medical Center has been focused on doing what’s best for the patient,” states Tom Russell, President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center. “We’ve empowered every employee to identify ways of improving communication and help implement protocols designed to ensure a positive patient experience. Our physicians, nurses and entire team have been partnering with patients and their families to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time,” continues Russell.

We are fostering an environment of safety by

  • Rounding hourly with each patient
  • Developing consistent communication links between healthcare providers
  • Improving communication links between professions
  • Implementing protocols to make surgery safer

HealthGrades has found that hospitals with the highest ratings on nursing and physician communication had better track records with lower rates of the 13 patient safety indicators.

 

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