Piedmont Newnan Hospital achieves Healthgrades Award

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital announced Wednesday that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award, the second consecutive year it has ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety.

This distinction places Piedmont Newnan Hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Piedmont Newnan Hospital is the only hospital in Georgia to receive both the America’s 250 Best Hospitals and the Patient Safety Excellence Awards in 2020.

“At Piedmont Newnan, we take great pride in providing high-quality, patient-centered care to the communities we serve,” said Piedmont Newnan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Robertson. “It’s an amazing accomplishment for our team, and earning this Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades for the second consecutive time demonstrates our continued commitment to the safety of our patients.”

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 48.3% 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 a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

“This recognition feels especially important right now, as we work to respond to COVID-19 in our communities,” added Robertson. “Our commitment to providing safe, high-quality care to the patients we serve has never been stronger and our community should feel safe to turn to us for care when needed.”

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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