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Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

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Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

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Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

215.785.9817

MAliprantis@primehealthcare.com

Suburban Community Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

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

East Norriton, PA ( May 11, 2021) – Suburban Community Hospital,  a member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, announced today that it has been recognized as a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM recipient. 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 marketplace connecting patients and providers. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety recipient hospitals than any health system nationwide for six consecutive years (2016-2021).

From 2017 through 2019, there were 190,273 potentially preventable patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* And, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) evaluated by Healthgrades, on average, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumers’ minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We congratulate the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

During this time frame, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72% of all patient safety events (collapsed lung, hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, pressure or bed sores and catheter-related bloodstream infections). Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 50.3% 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.*
  • 60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.*

“We are extremely proud to be ranked in the top 5% in the nation for patient safety,” said David Schmidt Chief Nursing Officer, Suburban Community Hospital. “We have an ongoing commitment to ensuring compliance with the strictest safety standards while also implementing new processes as needed to safeguard our patients. This national recognition is a testament to the commitment of entire team to quality outcomes, patient safety and clinical excellence.”

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

  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 years in row (2019-2020)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, (2018, 2019, and 2020)
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Hip Fracture 2 years in a row (2019-2020)
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy, 2021
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence Award (2019 & 2021)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence Award in (2018 & 2020)
  • 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, (2014 – 2020)
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus Award recipient, (2015 – 2020)
  • Nationally Recognized ‘A’ Grade Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades
  • Geriatric Emergency Department from the American College of Emergency Physicians (GEDA) in 2020

During the study period (2017 through 2019), Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in patient safety within 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 is included in the evaluation - Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure – which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

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 2020.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 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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