Ranking puts hospital in top 10 percent of all U.S. hospitals for patient safety for sixth year in a row

Derry, NH – Parkland Medical Center has been recognized as a 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This is the sixth consecutive year that Parkland has earned this recognition.

“Patient safety and providing an exceptional care experience for all of our patients and their families is our top priority,” said John Skevington, chief executive officer of Parkland Medical Center. “Receiving top national recognition for patient safety for six consecutive years reflects our organization’s unwavering commitment to providing safe, high-quality care, and an excellent experience to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care.”

Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine this year’s top-performing hospitals for patient safety.

During the 2020-2022 study period, nearly 170,000 potentially preventable safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, with four patient safety indicators accounting for close to 75 percent of these incidents.* Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award have a significantly lower chance of experiencing one of the four leading safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52 percent less likely)
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56 percent less likely)
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67 percent less likely)
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71 percent less likely)

“Parkland Medical Center has cultivated an outstanding safety culture that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and staff, setting a high standard for patient safety nationwide,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize Parkland Medical Center for providing top-quality care while preventing serious injuries to patients during their hospital stay.”

Where you’re treated matters, which is why Healthgrades is committed to providing the most scientifically accurate information about doctors and hospitals–with data insights not available anywhere else. Learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, visit the Healthgrades website.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2023.0.1) to MedPAR data from approximately 4,500 hospitals for years 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.