Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) announced today that it is
a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places PVHMC 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).
“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.”
“Safe, high-quality patient care is our top priority,” said
Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President and CEO. “This recognition demonstrates
our Associates’ and Physicians’ unwavering commitment to ensuring
Over the last several years, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has
invested in patient safety through various initiatives including:
- Patient safety culture training for Associates and Physicians;
- Adding a pharmacy robotics system to enhance safety; and
- Implementing “Provider on Arrival” at triage in the Emergency
Department, where an emergency medicine physician quickly assesses the
patient for the level of care required and immediacy of the need for treatment.
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
- 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.*
hospital quality methodologies.
*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.