ProMedica Toledo Hospital Receives the 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Hospital Recognized with Safety Award for Fifth Consecutive Year

Released: 7-Jul-2014 10:25 AM EDT
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Newswise — TOLEDO, Ohio, July 7, 2014 – ProMedica Toledo Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction puts ProMedica Toledo Hospital within the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. The recognition includes ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, which is a division of ProMedica Toledo Hospital.


“We are extremely honored to be a 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient,” said Arturo Polizzi, president of ProMedica Toledo Hospital. “We are constantly striving to build a culture of patient and employee safety and clinical excellence.”


ProMedica Toledo Hospital has received the Patient Safety Excellence Award for five years in a row beginning in 2010 – 2014. Only five percent of the nation’s hospitals can claim this achievement, which is attributed to the hospital’s efforts to become a High Reliability Organization (View “The Case for High Reliability Principles in Healthcare”). Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


“To receive this prestigious award five years in a row puts ProMedica Toledo Hospital in a very elite class,” said Brian Kaminski, DO, vice president of safety at ProMedica. “This reflects the patient-focused philosophy we have at ProMedica. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”


When compared to hospitals performing worse than expected for patient safety, Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients had three patient safety indicators (PSI) showing the largest difference in observed-to-expected ratios. On average, patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were:



  • 73% less likely to experience Pressure Sores or Bed Sores Acquired in the Hospital compared to hospitals performing worse than expected in aggregate across the patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades*

  • 72% less likely to experience Hip Fracture following surgery compared to hospitals performing worse than expected in aggregate across the patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades*

  • 67% less likely to experience a Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection Acquired in the Hospital compared to hospitals performing worse than expected in aggregate across the patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades*.


To be eligible for the Healthgrades award, hospitals had to meet clinical quality thresholds, have zero occurrences of PSI Foreign Object Left During Surgery or Procedure, and have data on at least seven out of eight core PSIs. Information on the award recipients and access to the complete rating methodology is available at www.healthgrades.com/quality.


For more information about ProMedica Toledo Hospital, visit www.promedica.org/toledo.


*Statistics are based on Healthgrades application of QI Windows® Software (version 4.4), developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), to MedPAR data for years 2010 through 2012 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, nearly one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. For more information about the Healthgrades report and to make informed decisions about hospitals and physicians in your area, visit www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.


About ProMedica Toledo Hospital

ProMedica Toledo Hospital is a member of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 15,000 employees and nearly 1,900 physicians – with more than 600 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 12 hospitals and more than 300 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.


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