For Immediate Release
Gardena, Calif., May 14, 2019 – Memorial Hospital of Gardena (MHG) announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Aware™. This distinction places MHG among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 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 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:
- 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
- 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
- 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
- 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.
In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*
“It is an honor to receive this award which recognizes Memorial Hospital of Gardena’s commitment to delivering the highest quality of care that is safe, personal, affordable and accessible,” said Kathy Wojno, Chief Executive Officer of MHG. “I am very proud of our clinicians and staff for their tireless efforts to deliver exceptional care for each and every patient.”
“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”
Memorial Hospital of Gardena makes patient safety and well-being a top priority. It has been previously acknowledged by Healthgrades for hip fracture treatment, treatment of sepsis, esophageal / stomach surgeries, c-section delivery and vaginal delivery. MHG has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, and prides itself on providing personalized, compassionate and affordable care.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
About Avanti Hospitals
The Avanti hospital system operates in the Greater Los Angeles area, and includes Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Coast Plaza Hospital in Norwalk, East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, and Community Hospital of Huntington Park. Avanti’s mission is to provide our Southern California communities with affordable, high-quality healthcare services. In addition to providing acute care services to local communities, Avanti maintains a strong dedication to community engagement and philanthropy. For more in