June 16, 2020
Derry, NH – Parkland Medical Center is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, placing the hospital in the top five percent nationally among all short–term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Parkland is the only hospital in New Hampshire recognized in the top five percent nationally for the Patient Safety Excellence Award.
“Being recognized as a top five percent hospital in the nation for patient safety validates the strong commitment to excellence that Parkland Medical Center staff and providers demonstrate every day,” said John Skevington, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. “Parkland is always here for the community providing 24/7 life-saving care, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have continued to ensure patient safety is a top priority, while our dedicated staff has worked tirelessly to provide high quality and compassionate care for our patients.”
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).
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 48.3 percent 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 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 66.8 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 63 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non–recipient hospitals
“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.”
In addition to the Patient Safety Excellence Award, Parkland Medical Center is the only hospital in New Hampshire to receive a Leapfrog 'A' hospital safety grade for the past seven consecutive terms.