Kansas City (May 8, 2018)] – St. Joseph Medical Center brings high
quality and safe healthcare to Kansas City by announcing today that it
is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™,
a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have
prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications
for patients during hospital stays.
St. Joseph Medical Center is the only hospital in Kansas City, MO to receive
this recognition along with the Leapfrog A Safety Grade Award.
St. Joseph Medical Center is a member of Prime Healthcare, and Prime Healthcare
has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for three consecutive
years (2016-2018) than any other health system in the country.
“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018
Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical
Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing
safe care creates tangible results for patients.”
The distinction places St. Joseph Medical Center among the top 10 percent
of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent
performance as evaluated by
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians
“Our recent awards including the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety
Excellence Award demonstrates the tremendous commitment and expertise
of our caregivers,” said Jodi Fincher, RN, BSN, MBA, Administrator
of St. Joseph Medical Center. “We take patient safety very seriously
to earn our patients’ trust everyday. Thank you to our physicians,
nurses, technicians, volunteers and staff who collaborate to consistently
provide high-quality care to patients and families in the South Kansas
City and the wider Kansas City area. We are proud of this achievement.”
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients
treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were,
- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 52.4 percent 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
- 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals1
During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety
Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance
in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured
by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for
13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ).
If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for
each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014 to
2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.
In addition to Healthgrades, St. Joseph Medical Center has excelled at
passing stringent audits with honors from The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog
Group, the American Heart Association, Women’s Choice Award, and
many more re-certifications for acute-care and specialty care services
across the country.
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