Derry, NH – Parkland Medical Center has been named 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 Parkland Medical Center among the top 10% of all short-term 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.

“Parkland is very proud to be recognized by Healthgrades as a top 10% hospital nationally for patient safety,” said Eileen Keefe, Chief Nursing Officer of Parkland Medical Center. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our physicians and staff who continuously work to keep our patients safe and provide clinical excellence.”

Parkland is one of only 460 recipients of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017 out of approximately 4,600 hospitals with inpatient Medicare claims from 2013 to 2015. The methodology used by Healthgrades to evaluate performance focuses on measuring the rate of observed incidents vs. expected performance against 13 Patient Safety Indicators which are all serious, potentially preventable adverse events.

“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.”

Parkland also recently received an “A” for patient safety in Leapfrog’s Hospital Grade for Spring 2017, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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