Swedish Medical Center
June 16, 2020

HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places Swedish among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Swedish Medical Center is the only level I trauma center in the state of Colorado to accomplish this important distinction.

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). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a "never" event and does not have an expected rate.

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.*

"For the second year in a row, Swedish is the only level I trauma center in the state of Colorado to be recognized with the Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades," said Ryan Tobin, president and chief executive officer at Swedish Medical Center, "We are honored to be recognized among such an elite group of hospitals nationwide. This is a testament to the entire team here at Swedish for their consistent ability to provide the highest level of safety and compassionate care for our patients."

"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."

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*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.