Lansdale Hospital Recognized with Healthgrades® Awards

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Lansdale Hospital in Top 2% of Hospitals Recognized by Healthgrades® for Achievements in Patient Safety and Patient Experience

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This is a tribute to the commitment of our medical staff and our employees to safety and service.

Lansdale Hospital announced today that it has achieved two distinctions of quality excellence from Healthgrades: the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians.

Only 93 out of the 3,558 hospitals evaluated for both patient safety and experience excellence had the superior performance required to be recipients of both achievements. This places Lansdale Hospital among the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the nation evaluated for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays as well as providing a positive patient experience.

Over 133,000 patient-safety events could have been avoided from 2011 to 2013 if all hospitals nationwide scored similarly to those performing better than expected on each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

During this study period, patients treated in hospitals that received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 53.6 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
  • 47.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related blood-stream infections than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 43.8 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

“Abington Health has a longstanding commitment to patient safety, clinical quality and patient satisfaction,” stated Gary R. Candia, PH.D., chief executive officer of Lansdale Hospital. “This is a tribute to the commitment of our medical staff and our employees to safety and service.”

During the study period (2011 to 2013), Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals also performed with excellence in providing safety 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).

In addition to being recognized with the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, Lansdale Hospital also out-performed peer hospitals in patient experience.

Healthgrades evaluated patient-experience performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient-experience measures, using data collected from a survey completed by the hospital’s patients. Question topics ranged from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also included whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family.

“We commend all recipients for their achievements and for demonstrating an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care, protecting patients from potentially preventable complications and ensuring a safe and positive experience for patients,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades.

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About Lansdale Hospital

Lansdale Hospital is a 135-bed, non-profit, acute care hospital that provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. The facility includes a 24-hour Emergency Department, the 18-bed Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, a nine bed Acute Rehabilitation Unit, two Sleep Centers, a Wound Care Center and a Pain Center. Owned and operated by Abington Health, Lansdale Hospital has more than 700 employees and a staff of more than 300 active physicians.

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