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MountainStar Hospitals Prove Commitment to Patient Safety

MountainStar Health April 04, 2017

Annual Healthgrades evaluation places them among top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide

Two MountainStar hospitals received the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ according to the most recent Healthgrades® evaluation. Lakeview Hospital and Mountain View Hospital are the only ones in Utah and among 460 short-term, acute care hospitals across the country to accomplish this recognition. The distinction places them in the top 10 percent nationwide, and acknowledges how effectively these hospitals protect patients from serious, potentially preventable complications while they are hospitalized.

“This recognition confirms that our patients and their families benefit when we provide the quality of care that achieves this notable award,” explains Stephany Seuell, vice president of quality and risk management at MountainStar Healthcare. “It is a great honor to earn the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. It truly belongs to everyone at Lakeview and Mountain View hospitals who helped to achieve this high level recognition.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Lakeview Hospital accomplished the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. It was also recognized with a Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ and Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for the fifth year in a row. This Bountiful hospital is also among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in 2017 for the sixth time overall, according to Truven Health Analytics.

This is the first year that Mountain View Hospital has achieved a Patient Safety Excellence Award. Additionally, the Payson hospital has earned three consecutive “A” grades in the biannual Hospital Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group. It is also one of only 117 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals nationwide recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ every single year the program has existed.

Patient Safety Excellence Award: Real Patient Benefits

During the 2013-2015 study period, 279,376 potentially preventable patient safety events took place among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals. In its most recent evaluation of hospitals reporting patient safety data, Healthgrades found that patients treated at hospitals achieving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6 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.
  • 54.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

An average of 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly during the study period to hospitals performing better-than-expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades. The organization determines Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients through its evaluation of the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for patient safety indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades reports are independently created; no hospital can opt in or opt out of the annual studies and hospitals do not pay to be rated. Detailed hospital performance information, methodologies for the 2017 Patient Safety Report and additional details can be found at healthgrades.com/quality.

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