(Garden City, MI -- April 19, 2016) – Garden City Hospital announced
today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 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 Garden City
Hospital among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent
performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource
for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
According to Saju George, CEO of Garden City Hospital, "This recognition
is a true testament to our staff and physicians’ dedication and
commitment to provide quality patient care. We continually strive to invest
in quality and safety initiatives to benefit our community. We have had
a transformative journey at Garden City Hospital and I'm grateful
for the opportunity to be a part of it.”
On average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been avoided if all
hospitals, as a group from 2012 from 2014, performed similarly to hospitals
performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators
evaluated by Healthgrades.
In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving
Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during
a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections,
than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
“The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence
Award have not only found ways to improve patient safety, but to outperform
expectations in the prevention of adverse safety incidents,” said
Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these
hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment
to delivering high-quality care.”
During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence
Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety
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).
As part of the commitment to patient safety and positive outcomes, Garden
City Hospital has instituted forward thinking and cutting edge tools to
enable staff to more accurately and appropriately deal with issues that
may arise. A few of the most successful methods include leadership rounding,
daily safety huddle, and investments of over $10 million to enhance safety.
“Garden City Hospital instituted designated weekly rounding by all
department heads to improve dialog amongst staff and increase visibility
and accessibility to patients,” continued George. “The daily
safety huddle alerts all staff to potential issues regarding patient safety
and encourages communication interdepartmentally to address and solve
problems.” Finally, Garden City Hospital’s $10 million in
safety investment used the 3-T approach: technology, tools and training.
For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the
report or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit:
About Garden City Hospital
Garden City Hospital is a 300 bed community hospital located in Garden
City, Michigan. Garden City Hospital offers a full range of services and
off-site locations. Our Specialty Center in Westland, Michigan includes
the Center for Sleep Disorders, Center for Breast Care, Center for Sports
& Family Medicine, Outpatient Rehab, and the Center for Wound Healing
& Hyperbaric Services. In addition to the Specialty Center, Garden
City Hospital provides home healthcare services through United Home Health
Services. Garden City Hospital is HFAP accredited and a Certified Primary
Stroke Center with Gold Plus standing for Stroke Care through The American
Heart Association’s Get with The Guidelines™. We are a Healthgrades
5-Star Quality Award™ recipient within the categories of Critical
Care, Cardiac, Gastrointestinal, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Patient Safety,
Prostate Surgery, and Pulmonary Services. Visit
gch.org to learn more.
 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence
Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR
data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare