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ACMH Hospital Named Recipient of Patient Safety Excellence Award


KITTANNING, PA (July 28, 2017) – ACMH Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of  serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places ACMH among the top 10% 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 and hospitals.

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6% 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 catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

“Patient safety at ACMH Hospital is strengthened by the commitment of our physicians and staff to quality,” said John Lewis, ACMH President and CEO.“It is our intent to provide defect-free care with a special emphasis on preventing infections and medical errors.”

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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). 

“ACMH is committed to furthering evidence-based practice that promotes adherence to those regional and national patient care standards that have been proven to afford the best outcomes for our patients,” explained Joyce Wright, Vice President of Operational Excellence and Healthcare Informatics at ACMH.“The hospital has a well-established Patient Care and Safety Committee supported by our medical staff and attended by representatives from our community that strives to continuously improve patient outcomes. We take special pride in our programs that help prevent patient infection and patient harm. Toward these efforts, ACMH Hospital has recently received our most current Medicare report comparing our patient safety and infection scores with hospitals across the nation. We are very proud to report that we continue to score exceptionally well, and by comparison, our Medicare composite scores place us among the top-scoring hospitals in the nation in regard to patient safety outcomes.”

For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality today.

About ACMH Hospital
ACMH Hospital is an exceptional facility with a comprehensive array of services – many of which are
unique for a community hospital. ACMH is becoming synonymous with innovation in community care delivery; and as such, has evolved to become a destination point of care for many throughout the region. Visit www.ACMH.org to learn more.

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[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.