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Cass Regional Medical Center named recipient of Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hospital news | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cass Regional Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for the second year in a row, 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 17 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 continued commitment to providing safe, quality health care to area residents,” Chris Lang, CEO at Cass Regional, said.

During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 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.

On average, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals performed similarly to award recipients on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

“This information details important insights about hospitals and their commitment to cultivating an outstanding experience for their patients, as well as their commitment to reducing patient safety events. Furthermore, consumers value this information and leverage it in order to make decisions about their care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

During the study period (2014-2016), 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).

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 Cardic 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 Specialty Clinic’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.

About Cass Regional Medical Center

As a critical access hospital, Cass Regional Medical Center maintains a 21-bed medical/surgical unit, a four-bed intensive care unit, and a 10-bed behavioral health unit. Services provided by Cass Regional Medical Center include emergency care; general and specialty surgery; and rehabilitation services which include nationally-recognized cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education programs. The hospital offers advanced diagnostic capabilities such as MRI, CT and PET-CT scanning, digital and 3-D mammography, nuclear medicine and a nationally-accredited sleep study lab.

Specialists in nearly 20 different areas treat patients on the Cass Regional campus in either the medical center or the adjoining Rock Haven Medical Mall, which is home to Cass Regional’s Rock Haven Specialty Clinic, General Surgery Clinic; Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic and Cass Regional Orthopedics. The Wound Center at Rock Haven Specialty Clinic provides comprehensive treatment (including hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for chronic, slow-to-heal and serious wounds. Cass Regional also operates seven family practice clinics in the communities of Archie, Drexel, Garden City, Harrisonville, Kingsville, Peculiar and Pleasant Hill. For more information, visit www.cassregional.org.