El Centro, CA (May 8, 2018) – El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC)
announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient
Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior
performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious,
potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.
The distinction places ECRMC among the top 10 percent 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
During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients
treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were,
- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 52.4 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
- 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
- 54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired
in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence
Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical
Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through
2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety
Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance
in safety provided 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).
If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients
for each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014
to 2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.
“Patient Safety is a top priority here at ECRMC. This award is a
reflection of the entire team. Their daily dedication to patient safety
and continuous improvement is what makes a difference for our patients.”,
said Dr. Adolphe Edward, Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC.
“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018
Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical
Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing
safe care creates tangible results for patients.”
In 2014 ECRMC created its first patient safety committee, Hospital Acquired
Condition (HAC) team. The team focused on reducing infections related
to the use of catheters in the hospital. Their efforts resulted in a 39%
decrease in these infections within just 12 months. To enhance the team’s
success in reducing patient infections, ECRMC collaborated in 2015 with
the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and through the implementation of
evidence- based practice, they were successful in reducing the infection
rate even further.
Since the introduction of the first HAC team, 12 additional patient safety
teams have started up at ECRMC. These teams ensure we are preventing serious,
potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. The success
of these teams have resulted in the improvement of the hospital’s
patient safety quality metrics, leading to the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award.
“In additional to the numerous patient safety teams, ECRMC has also
adopted the well-known Just Culture and TeamSTEPPS programs, both of which
promote a culture of safety within the organization’” said
Edward. “ECRMC has proven that they are dedicated to their patients
and will continue to focus on patient safety and improving outcomes for
patients receiving care here at the hospital,” he continued.
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About El Centro Regional Medical Center
ECRMC is an acute-care medical center, serving the health care needs of
the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to the 161-bed hospital, ECRMC
also owns and operates the Oncology & Hematology of Imperial Valley,
Wound Healing Center and outpatient clinics in El Centro and Calexico.
The outpatient centers provide exceptional primary and specialty care
for residents seeking enhanced well-being and improved quality of life.