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Saint Michael's Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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Saint Michael's Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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 hospitals.
  • 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,” Lezynski-Anderson said.

For more information the criteria used for the Healthgrades award, view Healthgrades 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.