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Cass Regional Medical Center named recipient of Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hospital news | Friday, April 28, 2017

Contact: Brittney Sexton

Cass Regional Medical Center announced today that it is 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 Cass Regional among the top 10 percent of all 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. Cass Regional is among 10 Missouri hospitals to receive this recognition.

“This award signifies a level of performance, especially when compared to other health care facilities, that demonstrates Cass Regional’s commitment to providing safe, quality health care to area residents,” Chris Lang, CEO at Cass Regional, said.

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6 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.
  • 54.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of the 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

“This commitment is demonstrated every day,” Lang said. “It flows through the organization from our vision, mission and values, to expectations set by our board, to the quality and patient safety goals set at the organizational and departmental levels. Ultimately, it’s about the dedication of our staff, who work diligently to deliver the best possible care to each patient who comes to Cass Regional.”

“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.”

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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).

Cass Regional is accredited by The Joint Commission. Its designation as a Level III Trauma Center, national certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACPVPR) for its Cardiovascular Rehabilitation department, its accreditations from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for several imaging systems (the 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, 64-slice CT scanner, ultrasound system and nuclear medicine camera), and The Wound Center at Rock Haven Medical Mall’s Center of Distinction award for clinical excellence, all add to the level of safety and quality provided to Cass Regional’s patients.

For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality today.