St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach Recognized For Excellence

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St. Mary Medical Center recently announced that it has achieved Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The distinction places St. Mary Medical Center within the top 5% of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom 5% for patient safety, Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients had three patient safety indicators showing the largest difference in observed to expected ratios. On average, patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were also:

  • 81% less likely to experience hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation
  • 80% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation
  • 70% less likely to experience a catheter-related bloodstream Infection acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation

“Patient safety is our highest priority here at St. Mary Medical Center, and receiving this recognition from Healthgrades demonstrates our diligence in ensuring patient safety,” said Thomas Salerno, St. Mary Medical Center president and CEO. “I am proud of all team members who go above and beyond to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients through meticulous and consistent quality measures, together with compassionate care,” added Salerno.

“Healthgrades report highlights the variation in hospital quality, both locally and across the nation, in order to show consumers that spending time on understanding hospital performance can be a matter of life and death,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can be assured that a hospital that has been recognized with a Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.”

During the 2013 study period (2009-2011), Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 most common patient safety indicators, as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Programs in place at St. Mary Medical Center to ensure quality patient care include a Transformational Care Program, which focuses on creating an extraordinary patient experience; a Lean Six Sigma framework to reduce waste and to provide the most timely and efficient patient care; a Red Team to confirm patient safety through proactive practices that look at protocols outside the hospital that help guarantee that preemptive safety measures are taken; and a robust quality management program that assures compliance to the latest evidenced based medicine standards and regulations.

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About St. Mary Medical Center

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of primary and secondary acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, 1,440 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at .

About Healthgrades
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