Jefferson Health in New Jersey Receives Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals have been awarded the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital, and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data, as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in patient safety in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) on 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipient hospitals, on average*:
- 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
- 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
- 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
- 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.
“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
Dr. David Condoluci, Jefferson Health’s New Jersey Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer, said the health care organization is “on the road the road to becoming a High-Reliability Organization, and our continual improvements reflect our commitment to always put our patients first.”
To view an overview of Healthgrades’ process used to develop performance ratings, visit www.healthgrades.com/quality/ratings-awards/methodology.