Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

06-17-2020

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Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Suburban Community Hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

East Norriton, PA (06/17/2020) – Suburban Community Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Suburban Community Hospital among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Suburban Community Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for five consecutive years (2016-2020) than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

Suburban Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Matt Shelak said, "Achieving Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award is the result of an intense focus on quality from every member of our patient's care team. I'm very proud of our physicians, nurses and clinicians for their daily commitment to providing the best care for every patient."

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 48.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Patient Safety is a top priority here at Suburban Community Hospital. This award is a reflection of the dedication and expertise of the entire healthcare team, in terms of high quality, safe care and excellent clinical outcomes,” said Dorothy Patzek, Chief Operating Officer at Suburban Community Hospital. “What’s important with patient safety is creating a culture surrounding quality patient care,” Patzek said. Every single member of the Suburban team plays a part and it’s not just the doctors, nurses and techs; it’s pharmacy, dietary, housekeeping, lab, security and our volunteers. It’s the whole spectrum, and every single person here at Suburban Community Hospital is a part of the culture of safety journey. It’s what we owe to our patients and the communities we serve.

Suburban Community Hospital has received numerous awards and recognitions. Some of their Quality Achievements include:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 years in row (2019-2020)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018, 2019, and 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Hip Fracture 2 years in a row (2019-2020)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2019 and 2020
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2018
  • Accreditation from Joint Commission
  • Certification from Joint Commission for Heart Failure & Stroke
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award recipient in 2014 – 2019
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus Award recipient in 2015 – 2019
  • IAC Accreditation Echocardiography
  • Nationally Recognized ‘A’ Grade Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Suburban Community Hospital - Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

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