2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award
Allegiance Health announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Out of the 131 hospitals Healthgrades evaluated in the state of Michigan, Allegiance Health was the only hospital to receive this award for six years in a row. This distinction clearly demonstrates Allegiance Health’s dedication to patient safety.
“Being the only Michigan health system to achieve this award six straight years is deeply meaningful to us,” said Georgia Fojtasek, president and CEO. “The safety of our patients is our top priority. We constantly strive for new ways to make Allegiance the safest environment possible.”
DeAnna Sioma, director of patient safety and advocacy, attributes Allegiance Health’s success to the culture of safety Allegiance has built over many years. “There isn’t one strategy that helped us achieve the award," said Sioma. “Our excellent safety ratings come from many things – ranging from our falls prevention efforts to Target Zero, which is our program to hardwire best practice safety behaviors into the work of every staff member at Allegiance.”
Being transparent with quality and safety data for the benefit of the patient is a national trend. “Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.”
During the 2014 study period (2010-2012), 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 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). If all hospitals performed at the same level of award recipients, 266,813 patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, potentially could have been avoided.
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