Encino Hospital Medical Center Named One of Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients

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Encino Hospital Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 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.

“We are extremely proud of our physicians, clinicians and staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional medical care and performance every day,” states Bockhi Park, CEO of Encino Hospital Medical Center.

Encino Hospital Medical Center announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 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 Encino Hospital Medical Center among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

On average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2012 from 2014, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.
In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.2% 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% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“We are extremely proud of our physicians, clinicians and staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional medical care and performance every day,” states Bockhi Park, CEO of Encino Hospital Medical Center. “This award validates our hospital’s mission and the outstanding teamwork and clinical practices our staff provides our patients and families.”

“The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to improve patient safety, but to outperform expectations in the prevention of adverse safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals 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).

Furthering its commitment to providing exceptional quality healthcare to its community, in 2016, Encino Hospital Medical Center became a recent recipient of 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.

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

About Encino Hospital Medical Center

Encino Hospital Medical Center (EHMC) is a 150-bed nonprofit Prime Healthcare hospital located in Encino, California. It is staffed with 330 physicians and 420 professional support staff. Servicing the greater San Fernando Valley, Encino Hospital provides 24/7 emergency services in addition to a wide range of highly specialized medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Their state-of-the-art geriatric services include a geriatric Senior ER, Comprehensive Senior Care Program, Geriatric Inpatient Wing, and Gero-Psychiatric Inpatient Services. Attracting many world-class physicians, their professional clinical teams use an interdisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive care for each patient. Please visit us at http://www.encinomed.org.

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