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1.07.2014

Sylvester Named One of Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award Recipients

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has achieved Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Sylvester, part of the Miller School of Medicine, within the top five percent of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom five percent for patient safety, Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients had three patient safety indicators showing the largest difference in observed to expected ratios. On average, patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were also:

  • 81 percent less likely to experience hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom five percent in the nation.
  • 80 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom five percent in the nation.
  • 70 percent less likely to experience a catheter-related bloodstream Infection acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom five percent in the nation.

“Healthgrades report highlights the variation in hospital quality, both locally and across the nation, in order to show consumers that spending time on understanding hospital performance can be a matter of life and death,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can be assured that a hospital that has been recognized with a Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.”

“This is a testament to the excellent patient care that the entire staff at Sylvester provides,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester. “Patient safety is a top priority for us, so it is very rewarding to be recognized in this area.”

During the 2013 study period (2009-2011), Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 most common patient safety indicators, as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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