April 22, 2010 - Marietta Memorial Top 5% in Patient Safety Second Year in Row

For the second year in a row, Marietta Memorial Hospital was identified as a recipient of the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals, in a new study released this month by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Only 159 hospitals nationwide have been recognized in HealthGrades patient safety study for two consecutive years, and Marietta Memorial Hospital is one of only seventeen in the state to sustain this quality recognition.

Medicare patients at hospitals receiving the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average, 43% less likely to experience a patient safety event.

The seventh annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals study analyzed nearly 40 million hospitalization records from approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. Participation in the HealthGrades study is not voluntary, and hospitals cannot choose to opt out of the analysis.

If all hospitals performed at the level of Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals like Marietta Memorial Hospital, approximately 218,572 patient safety events and 22,590 Medicare deaths could have been avoided while saving the U.S. approximately $2.1 billion in excess costs from 2006 through 2008.

“Ensuring the highest level of patient safety is at ingrained in what we do every day,” said Marietta Memorial Hospital president & CEO Scott Cantley. “Our patients and their families expect the best care delivered in a compassionate manner, and we work hard to meet that expectation.Our team of physicians, nurses, clinical staff and volunteers constantly look at patient safety and the processes that go into creating a safe patient experience.”

“On behalf of HealthGrades I’d like to congratulate Marietta Memorial Hospital for a track record of patient safety that is among the best in the nation,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president at HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “Hospitals like Marietta Memorial Hospital are setting benchmarks of superior performance that we would like to see other hospitals emulate.”

The seventh annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study applies methodology developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify the incidence rates of 15 patient safety indicators among Medicare patients at virtually all of the nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals. Additionally, HealthGrades applied its methodology using 12 patient safety indicators to identify the best-performing hospitals, or Patient Safety Excellence Award Hospitals, which represent the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals. HealthGrades developed this award to give patients more information about choosing a hospital.
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