Floyd Medical Center has been named a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for a fourth consecutive year (2014-2017). The award recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Floyd among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“Our focus on safety begins with our daily safety huddle and continues as the thread that runs through every patient interaction we have, so we are thrilled to again receive this national recognition,” said Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd President and Chief Executive Officer.
Joseph Biuso, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, noted that patient safety is an ongoing effort at Floyd.
“This honor confirms that our systematic emphasis on patient safety has produced sustainable results,” he said. “Our ongoing conversation is about how to implement error-free processes, and the results speak for themselves.”
While vitally important, Dr. Biuso stressed that planning, alone, does not bring about the sustained success Floyd has achieved in the areas of quality and safety.
“This achievement is not only about a process that has been implemented,” he said. “It is about a dedicated team that delivers compassionate, patient-centered care every day. Quality care isn’t possible without a quality team, and that’s what we have at Floyd.”
During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 6% 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.
- 4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.
“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”
During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
 Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.