Saint Michael's Medical Center leadership team celebrates receiving
the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. From L-R:
Dr. Syed Kazmi, Regional CMO; Anthony Nascondiglio, IC preventionist;
Dr. Alan Sickles, COO; Ellie Lezynski-Anderson, patient safety officer
and risk manager; Nancy Bisco-Flora, CNO, Jacqueline Galante, director
of Performance Improvement; Dr. Sonia Mehta, CEO for Prime Healthcare
Region II and corporate CMO; Anne (Nancy) Ruymen, PI coordinator.
NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark announced today that it
is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award.
This distinction places the 385-bed hospital among the top 5% of all short-term
acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades,
the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.
Saint Michael’s is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates 45
hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence
Award recipients for five consecutive years (2016-2020) than any other
health system in the country, according to Healthgrades.
“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety
is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare
options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.
“We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence
Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”
All of Prime Healthcare hospitals in New Jersey – Saint Michael’s,
Saint Clare’s Health in Dover, Denville and Boonton and St. Mary’s
General Hospital in Passaic – received the 2020 patient Safety Excellece Award.
“Patient safety is the top priority at every hospital we operate
across the country,” said Sonia Mehta, the CEO of Region II for
Prime Healthcare and corporate chief medical officer. “As we co-exist
with COVID-19, keeping patients safe while they are at our hospitals takes
on critical importance. Patients can be sure that when they are at any
one of our hospitals in New Jersey, they will receive the safest care
available in the nation.”
In April, Saint Michael's was
awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements
providing safer health care. It was the fourth period in a row that Saint
Michael’s was awarded an A from Leapfrog.
During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient
Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance
in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective
outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for
13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body
During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and
does not have an expected rate.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient
Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:
- 48.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than
patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired
at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of
award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864
patient safety events could have been avoided.*
“Saint Michael’s complies with all Joint Commission standards
and New Jersey Department of Health hospital licensing standards, which
are designed to monitor the organizations’ performance and ensure
the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare services to all patients
and families,” said Ellie Lezynski-Anderson, patient safety officer
and risk manager for Saint Michael’s.
“Saint Micheale’s ‘Working Together for Patient Safety’
Philosophy involves open communication, an accountable Just Culture, full
transparency and a strong partnership with the patient and family members,”
For more information the criteria used for the Healthgrades award, view
hospital quality methodologies.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and
Excellence Award methodology, which is based primarily on AHRQ technical
specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through
2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.