Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) April 18, 2017
Saint Francis Hospital is proud to have been named to Healthgrades’ 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award class, recognized as the top 10 percent of facilities in the nation for patient safety.
Saint Francis joins more than 400 hospitals across the nation on the list, but is only one of three Delaware hospitals to receive this honor, having the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events.
According to Healthgrades, “this distinction places an elite group of hospital recipients within the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for their superior performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.”
The organizations acknowledged are highlighted as being above their peers when it comes to limiting deadly medical errors and other preventable patient harm incidents.
“No matter how innovative and progressive a healthcare organization is, without good policies and procedures in place to ensure patient safety, it won’t succeed,” said Dr. Michael Polnerow, Chief Medical Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare. “Patient safety is our number one priority at Saint Francis, and it’s truly gratifying for us to be recognized by Healthgrades.”
Saint Francis attributes its high patient safety rating to its mission of excellence and quality patient experience and care. The hospital was acknowledged in December 2016 by Kaiser Health News for having dramatically reduced the number of hospital-acquired conditions over the past year, implementing new practices with its infection prevention team to provide safety to patients and employees.
Saint Francis Healthcare, a part of Trinity Health, operates Delaware’s only Catholic hospital serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include Partners in CardioVascular Health and Cardiovascular Services, 24-hour Emergency Services, Ambulance Service, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the da Vinci™ Surgical System, Gastroenterology Services, Hematology-Oncology Services, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Advanced Wound Center, Imaging Services, Sleep/Neurodiagnostics Center, Home Care, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Comprehensive Women’s Health Services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.